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Forum topic by BentheViking posted 150 days ago 420 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BentheViking

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150 days ago

This is a photo of my house

A few weeks ago a courrier stopped by with a letter from an attorney saying that my neighbor whose property abuts my back yard was entered in a contract with AT&T to build a 170’ cell phone tower on his land. We are a rural neighborhood in a very classic New England country town, but we are a neighborhood nonetheless. Within 1500’ of the tower (the distance which is considered safe) there are 65 single family homes. In addition to all of the potential health risks and the eyesore in a beautiful neighborhood, property values are estimated to decrease 30-40% which approximates to $28 million in loss. A couple looking to gain financially should not be able to destroy so much for so many others.

This is a photo (photoshopped) to show what the view of the tower (250’ from my property line) may look like.

So here is what I need from you guys. In most states local municipalities decide where a cell tower can or can’t go. In Connecticut (and Vermont) instead there is a siting council which determines whether or not a proposed tower can go up. Unfortunately, they typically allow towers to go up with a pass rate of about 96%. The 4% that don’t go up are almost always because an alternate site has been proposed and will go up there instead. Since our local elected officials do not have the final say they are going to be insturmental to help us to find an alternate site. I am asking everyone reading this to take a moment to sign our petition here. If you’d like more info about this please check out our website: Protect the Purchase.

Thanks in advance for your help.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson


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BentheViking

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#1 posted 150 days ago

I forgot to add that every time someone signs our petition it sends an email to 5 different elected officials asking them for help

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 150 days ago

Why should a town official in CT/VT care what John Doe in Podunk, two thousand miles away, thinks?

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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JJohnston

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#3 posted 150 days ago

Oh, man. I can only just resist the snappy comeback to that.

-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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SuperCubber

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#4 posted 149 days ago

Not sure if it will help, but I signed it.

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