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9/14/2013 1:48:00 PM
Code change would allow 90-foot cell towers in city

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

Cottonwood residents can voice their opinion Tuesday when the City Council considers the second and final reading of an amendment to the height provisions for cellular and other communications towers.

The council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., at council chambers, 826 N. Main St.

The city is already mulling a request to place an AT&T cell tower, 90-feet tall, in the heart of Cottonwood. Capital Telecom wants to place the tower on the VFW property.

Recent applications have proposed "monopine" proposals, a tower that looks like a 90-foot pine tree.

The only drawback to the tower plan is that the city's code restricts wireless communication towers to a height of only 60 feet.

The caveat contained in the new Ordinance 600 facing the council vote Tuesday is that the applicant must show the same evidence that would be required if the issue were to face a federal court hearing.

Capital Telecom claims that the single taller tower would eliminate the need for the equivalent four towers of 60-feet.

The Federal Telecommunications Act "entitles" wireless companies "to provide adequate coverage in their service areas."

City Attorney Steve Horton said that kind of justification would give the city "flexibility," without having to face a costly lawsuit in federal court.

The council on Sept. 3 heard the first reading of the ordinance.

Councilman Tim Elinski said he hopes "staff can ask the expert questions." He says, "I know the applicant will have lawyers to justify the height."

Councilman Randy Garrison was more direct. "I am not supportive of 90-foot towers. Cottonwood is just about to get rid of that slag."

"The first thing people see when they drive into town is a radio tower. I just hope we can look at all options before considering this site."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: WHY IS IT?

Why is it when people actually become engaged in a topic, this website moves the article out of view. Is this how we control the masses?

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: While the childish responses are cute -

The fact is that their are 2 options.

Fight the power, ignore the issue and eventually end up going to court only to be told to allow the tower by the FCC. Wasting a lot of taxpayers money in the process.

Recognize the issue, pass code to work with and around it and save a lot of taxpayers money.

So funny to see those that are so worried about the city and money, lose their minds over such a simple issue as well as the base for most of their arguments.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: No, not Mago!

More appropriate: Encase the tower in empty wine bottles, neck outward so they go WOOOO when the wind blows. about a 90-foot statue of Mayor Joens on a Harley?

The possibilities are frightening.

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Service is just fine now,I call from anywhere in
Cottonwood or anywhere else.Maybe it's just
the Yuppies that use the $400 phones that need the radiation to combat War Vets Club.

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Simple Logic

So by that reasoning, we could have had 1 Trump Tower vs 520 homes in Cottonwood Ranch? Oh, sorry, code would not allow 520 stories, so maybe just a whole bunch of 6 story towers!
This might look good from your neighborhood, but the current view is just fine thanks.
Also, my phone seems to work just fine, maybe you should pick a better network, just sayin'

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: More is better according to AT&T commercials to our 4-5 year olds

Adequate service is all that is required by law. No more.

Need convincing about safety? Write to the woman who lost her 29 year old son to brain cancer at San Diego University simply because he sat in the wrong location.

Do you want that for your kids playing on the football field or the Veterans?
MORE IS NOT BETTER. Rethink Possible AT&T
Withdraw and rethink possiible

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: 90' vs 240' (4x60') simple math?

Unless folks are ready to give up their cell phones... the towers will come.

1x90' or 4x60' either way

Who will actually show up and who will just stay home waiting for a chance to write the next 'love letter' to the city staff and council?

And of those that might show how many will come with made up closed minds?

Tick Tock...

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Good idea!

Disguise the cell tower as a 90-foot statue of MAGO!

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Why not the VFW will do anything for a cash cow.The health of the general public be damned.Bingo players be warned.

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

Bosco, do pine tress really grow to 90 feet? I suppose, with a 50 foot tall, blond haired, plastic Korean goddess standing next to it, it would seem to scale.

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Bosco Hurn

Hey, nothing like a 90 foot fake pine tree to really dress up a town. It's gonna look great. You people in Cottonwood are so lucky. Maybe you can bring back that big statue of Mago while your at it.

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013

Yes, they need towers to be able to read your soon to be installed "smart meter" from APS. The towers can transmit and sell your data. You can not sue them for data breaches cause the gov't has already made them exempt.

They also pulse radiation 24/7, not like the old towers. Very harmful indeed.

Cell tower applications have been withdrawn in Yavapai County and complaints are being filed with existing tower sites with the FCC. Say NO. I will stop shopping in your town if they go up.

The smart meter will act like a little cell tower in your home. You will be meshed with pulsed microwave radiation everywhere you go come January 2014. Inside, outside. Better snap to Cottonwood.

Sedona and Bisbee have already opposed smart meter soon to be followed by Big Park/Village of Oak Creek.

Don't let those moneymongers scare you. They are just misguided. Steer them in the right direction. This is the wild west. Last place in the country not meshed in this poison.

Let them sue. It is better than illness and death. Someone has to stand up to them. There could be no better place than here.

Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Article comment by: Condition the ordinance appropriately

Cottonwood should take charge of this issue and do what's right for Cottonwood as its first priority.

There may be some value in having 1 90-foot tower instead of 4 60-foot towers. If so, build a guaranteed reduction into the ordinance so we are absolutely assured there will be fewer towers and this can't be gamed.

A second and perhaps more important condition is to require the towers be built only in appropriate areas where they will be visually compatible and will not detract from the scenic viewscape. Making such a requirement in the ordinance is reasonable.

So placing a 90 foot tower near the existing radio tower by Bridgeport, or by the existing light towers at the Mingus football field, would seem to be compatible and a minimal visual intrusion. Most people probably wouldn't even notice it there.

But placing it on top of the slag pile where it sticks out like a sore thumb would look awful. This kind of thing should be addressed in the ordinance.

The city should be sure protections to scenic viewscapes are built into the ordinance.

Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Article comment by: Great Pines

Yes, a 90 foot tall pine would blend in here so well, look entirely natural, and not make anyone wonder what the city is drinking in allowing this potential eyesore to pop up across the area. Come on. These things can not be hidden in our terrain and would detract from the natural beauty we have.

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