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2/5/2013 3:18:00 PM
Proposed cell towers to be located in Cottonwood

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

The Cottonwood Board of Adjustment will be asked to consider variances for each of two 90-foot tall cellular communications towers to be located within the city. In both cases, applicants are asking for variances in city codes regulating height and property setbacks.

Since the council chambers are being re-developed, the board will meet in a special venue Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m., at the Conference Room of the City Development Services Building, 111 N. Main St.

The towers are proposed to be located on the VFW hall property at 705 E. Aspen.

A separate application would place a second tower on the Mingus Union High School property at 1801 E. Fir St.

The Yavapai County Planning Commission late last year was to consider cell phone towers to be located in Verde Village on Village Drive and at Sedona Shadows, west of Sedona. Both proposals were designed to appear like a towering pine tree -- called a monopine.

Both AT&T and Sprint reportedly are expanding their facilities across the Verde Valley and elsewhere.

-- Jon Hutchinson

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: POWER DOWN

Read this and then tell me why we need to expose our children and veterans to pulsed microwave radiation. Never lose sight of the fact that your cell phone addiction has been carefully cultivated through marketing. Self inflicted every time you raise that phone to your head.

POWER DOWN and take control.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

Land lines are a thing of the past so if you want or need to communicate with someone by phone, the cell towers are very much needed. The more the better the reception.

For those who don't realize it there is already a "Verizon" cell tower on the high school property. If you don't believe it, just look on the S.E. light standard overlooking the ball field. These towers are very low wattage and they are perfectly safe unless you get within about 8 feet of the antenna. The antenna is at a height of about 90 feet. Remember, you have to get within 8 feet of the antenna, so happy climbing. AT&T and Sprint customers would like to have good phone service too.

It's too bad the proposed tower on Village Dr. was shot down. It was about a mile out of town and would have looked like a pine tree among other pines.

Most, but not all cell towers are multi-use towers.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Put it at the High school.You can rest assure
your students health wil lbe paramount with that
After all the phone carriers aren't concerned
with profits only your families well being.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

VFW property?Non profits are now in bed with
the phone interests?How low is low.War vets
are rolling in their graves.
I guess the vets there are to old to care about
their health and the bottom line is the priority.
Put it in the Bingo hall.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: princess nike

These cell phone towers are needed, PLEASE move forward in getting them done!

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Or Not To Be

Not so fast.

You must start to inform yourselves on 4g. It is unlike previous technology.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Combine cell companies on towers

Let's hope we don't wind up with dozens of towers, each providing service for one cell phone company. Better that each tower shares service for all cell providers.

These towers should be hidden as much as possible, and there should be as few as possible.

The one at the high school sounds OK, as there are already a number of tall lighting towers for the sports facilities. May not even notice it.

VFW location should be rejected if it is obtrusive.

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