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2/22/2014 2:28:00 PM
Two cell towers before Planning Commission Monday night

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- There has been talk on both sides of the issue for months and prior delays and a code change, now two cell phone tower applications are coming before Cottonwood's Planning Commission at the same time at 6 p.m. Monday night.

Both proposals are calling for an AT&T Wireless Communication tower of 90 feet. The applications both seek to exceed Cottonwood's 60-foot high limitation.

The first tower application will be presented by Capital Telecom Acquisition and is proposed to be located at 705 E. Aspen St. on the property of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The property backs up to the slag pile crushing operation, which will also have an equally tall profile.

The second application has been submitted by Coal Creek Consulting for a site on the Mingus Union High School Campus.

The city recently approved an ordinance amendment requiring that when an applicant seeks a waiver of the height limit, the caveat contained in the new Ordinance 600 is that the applicant must show the same evidence that would be required if the issue were to face a federal court hearing.

In a highly competitive market for cellular phone coverage, applicants have been flooding governments for permission to locate towers sites throughout the Verde Valley. Camp Verde approved a 90-foot tower site north of La Fonda for AT&T. Clarkdale has been taking comments on a Verizon tower proposed on the site of mini storage units near the Clarkdale Fire District station.

A proposal was submitted and then withdrawn for another towers to be located in the Sedona Shadows area, west of Sedona.

Because the Cottonwood applications could draw a large audience, the Cottonwood hearings will be held in the Verde Room of the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St., instead of at council chambers.

The meeting is at 6 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Article comment by: Richard Fusinski

Yes, as the previous gentleman stated, you should be far more worried about APS smart meters then these towers.
The signal levels are reduced by the distance by the square law function.
Just a few feet separation lowers the levels significantly.
As far as the viewscape you should find something far more concerning to worry about.
I have APS power lines in my view to the Sedona View, I almost forgot that they are there.
It is OK to be concerned but please be educated then concerned.
By the way the cell phone companies would not tell you what I am telling you because it opens a can of worms about the distance from the phone to your brain. Otherwise the comparison between your phone and the tower would be a great argument for them.

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Article comment by: Freedom of speech, not in Verde Independent


Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014
Article comment by: Randy Hunt

"The issue is viewscape"? Posted a very intelligent comment. Good job sir! I would beg everyone concerned about the health effects of cell tower radiation to watch a very good documentary for free on the internet, it's titled Resonance: Beings of Frequency,, this moving film will surely open your eyes to the results of what happened to people that lived near cell towers in several studies. A lot of other good to know information about RF (radio frequency) transmission is in this film too. Please do yourself a very big favor that could influence one of the most import decisions that will effect many peoples life's. Regarding "Smart Meters" I found out from an inside source that most meter readers for APS have "Opted Out" Wise decision on many levels. Do your own research, plenty of easy to obtain info on the web. Not to mention your electric bill will go up. Ask anyone that already has one installed. If they are even aware they have one.

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: SILLY RABBIT

This is about reading the data from your smart meter. It is worth a lot of money and they all want some of that money.

30% increased chance of illness(cancer) living within 1500 feet of a tower. They are converging on you all at once because you people are not paying attention to what is happening. If you can't see it, it must be ok. Hey I'll get great cell phone reception. DUH!!!

People around the world are crying out for help. These are not conspiricy theorist as those in power like to call the awake:

They could have put these towers in 10 years ago but it was not worth their time or money to spend on our small population. Now it is. DATA baby!!!

It has nothing to do with your reception. Hilly areas will always have gaps. They know that. They do not care about you.

Once up, the towers expand and never come down. It will be your gift that keeps on giving to your children and grandchildren. Your legacy.

Good luck, participate or live in it.

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: Ignorance is DEATH

Google "cancer clusters near cell towers."

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: The issue is viewscape

P&Z commissioners should focus on the impacts these towers have to the viewscape of the area.

If they are not intrusive and blend in to the already built environment, they should be fine.

If they stick out like a sore thumb then the applicants should find a better site.

The issue is not the radio transmissions generated by these towers, although they are significantly more than the 1-watt smart meters now being "deployed" by APS throughout the Verde Valley.

Those opposed to smart meters probably won't show up to this anyway, because it doesn't fit into their nonsensical conspiracy theories against APS.

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

It's not enough that our soldiers had to stand in
the Nevada desert and witness an Atomic
Now they have to drink next to one of their own free will.Good luck bingo players.Get out
your red dobbers.

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