Cell Tower Placement Public Hearing: Oct 18 6 pm Ada County Courthouse

Join Us Tomorrow, Thursday October 18 at 6 pm at the Ada County Courthouse. Wear Black to show your support of ethical safe placement of cell towers away from residential properties. 

We are not necessarily opposed to a cell tower, and understand Verizon’s goal to meet its customers demands, but our most valuable investments, our homes and those living within them, should not be sacrificed for Verizon’s business growth and prosperity.  They have a choice to meet those wireless demands responsibly and respectfully.  They should be required to do so without deceiving, misleading, and providing false information to communities in an effort to evade opposition to any of their controversial proposed tower sites.   Erecting a Commercial Cell Tower steps from homes, and forcing families to live under them or move, is a reckless and unethical business practice, that must be stopped by our local and county officials.

 

Ada County staff did not find these issues, we did, and are working to expose these details to top management so that this cannot continue to happen.  We urge the community to come Thursday and unite with us in demanding accountability for Verizon & local partners imprudent business behavior.  Everything they do or say should be called into question.  If they don't act in good faith and follow Ada County Application Codes/Regulations, they simply should lose their application privileges all together.  These Commercial Cell Towers greatly impact those surrounding them and strict code enforcement must be upheld and managed. 

Our goal on  Thursday, October 18 6 pm @ the Ada County Courthouse Public Hearing is;

  • To tell Ada County to deny this tower based on our local codes, and respect our Eagle Mayor and Councils request to deny this tower.
  • To put our property investments, privacy, quality of life, health and safety first.
  • To strengthen requirements of their CUP application process that will protect our community from imprudent business practices.  
  • To review the Five Mile tower based on our findings, and change their approval to a denial.  

Learn More About this Issue from ReactUnite.org


Property Value Concerns

Research indicates that over 90% of home buyers and renters are less interested in properties near cell towers and would pay less for a property in close vicinity to cellular antennas. Documentation of a price drop up to 20% is found in multiple surveys and published articles as listed below. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) considers cell towers as “Hazards and Nuisances.”

Once built. Cell towers can go up an additional 20 feet- without community consent. 

Most people in the United States are unaware that once a tower is built, it can go up to 20 feet higherwith no public process due to the passing of Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. In other words, a 100 foot tower can be increased to 120 feet after it is constructed and the community will have no input. Communities are largely unaware of this law.

Scroll down this page for resources on property de-valuation.

Read the peer reviewed published science documenting the public health risk at this link.  

The realtor industry has written several articles documenting the property devaluation after communication towers are built near property.  

 National Association of REALTORS® Lists References including EHTs page on their Cell Towers Page . More at https://www.nar.realtor/cell-phone-towers#section-165807

The Cost of Convenience: Estimating the Impact of Communication Antennas on Residential Property Values (Land Economics, Feb. 2016)

The Lo Down on Cell Towers, Neighborhood Values, and the Secretive Telecoms(link is external) (The Dissident Voice, Dec. 19, 2015)

Cell Towers: Not in My Back Yard (Tedium Blog, Aug. 5, 2015)

Examining invisible urban pollution and its effect on real estate value in New York City”  – by William Gati in New York Real Estate Journal September 2017


Safety Concerns

Cell phone manufacturers and providers of their infrastructure are aware that the radiation from their products could be risky and warn their shareholders. See below excerpts from statements in their annual reports that indicate these companies are informing their shareholders that they may incur significant financial losses related to electromagnetic fields.

AT&T Inc.

2017 Annual Report

“We are a party to numerous lawsuits, regulatory proceedings and other matters arising in the ordinary course of business. As of the date of this report, we do not believe any pending legal proceedings to which we or our subsidiaries are subject are required to be disclosed as material legal proceedings pursuant to this item.

We are subject from time to time to judicial and administrative proceedings brought by various governmental authorities under federal, state or local environmental laws. We are required to discuss below those proceedings in our Forms 10-Q and 10-K, which could result in monetary sanctions (exclusive of interest and costs) of $100,000 or more. However, we do not believe that any currently pending will have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

Verizon Communications Inc.

 2017 Annual Report

“We are subject to a significant amount of litigation, which could require us to pay significant damages or settlements.

We are subject to a substantial amount of litigation, including, from time to time, shareholder derivative suits, patent infringement lawsuits, antitrust class actions, wage and hour class actions, personal injury claims and lawsuits relating to our advertising, sales, billing and collection practices. In addition, our wireless business also faces personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits relating to alleged health effects of wireless phones or radio frequency transmitters. We may incur significant expenses in defending these lawsuits. In addition, we may be required to pay significant awards or settlements.”

2016 10-K ANNUAL REPORT

“We are subject to a significant amount of litigation, which could require us to pay significant damages or settlements.

…our wireless business also faces personal injury and consumer class action lawsuits relating to alleged health effects of wireless phones or radio frequency transmitters, and class action lawsuits that challenge marketing practices and disclosures relating to alleged adverse health effects of handheld wireless phones. We may incur significant expenses in defending these lawsuits. In addition, we may be required to pay significant awards or settlements.” 

Learn More: Wireless Safety Concern Flyer from EHTrust.org

Scientist Concerns

March 2018: The NIEHS expert panel voted that the heart tumors were "clear evidence" of cancer in this landmark US study that also found increased brain tumors cardiomyopathy, DNA damage and tumors in the pituitary gland, prostate and liver. Learn More

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer


Protecting Our Families

10 Tips to Reduce Cell Phone Radiation: http://bit.ly/2nV7xlp

American Academy Of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations: http://bit.ly/2oXMs9c

Medical Recommendations on Cell Phones and Wireless: http://bit.ly/2oIRxD1

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