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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Letter To The Editor Cell Towers #2.

Dear Neighbors,

It is human nature that we take for granted the joys and conveniences of everyday life, overlooking the price we need to pay for them. There is a proposal to put a cell phone tower in our community. Many people will view this as an eyesore and vow to work to stop its construction. I would like for us to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.

Seven Gables is an asset to our community. The owner’s name is Harmon. It is my understanding that he has been here before many of the subdivisions were built in this area. I am sure that he disliked having the country atmosphere changed by the building of subdivisions around his property. However, he has been very kind to us and all of you by welcoming everyone to come to Seven Gables and enjoy his menagerie. If you have not taken the opportunity to visit Harmon, I urge you to do so. He welcomes us to come inside the gates, and walk around - petting the goats, visit the alpaca and miniature horses, plus there is a wide range of other animals that you cannot see from the road. He and his operation is truly an asset to out community. I am filled with joy every time I drive by and look to see what animals are in the front pasture that day. The presence of Seven Gable surely increases the value of our property.

It seems Harmon’s main source of income is from stabling horses and selling some goats. Horse owners and the businesses involved in their care have been hard hit by the down turn in the economy. Many horse owners had to sell horses because of the rapid rise in feed prices. Eddie Lee and I have been worried that Seven Gables might fall on hard times and have to sell the property to a developer. If that should happen this asset would be lost and possibly replaced by a high density development to help bring more tax income to Milton; this would definitely lead to a decline in our property values.

Many farmers around the country have turned to leasing part of their land for windmills or cell towers. If having a cell tower at Seven Gables will enable them to stay in business and be a valued neighbor for years to come, I am all for allowing a cell tower to be placed on that property. This is a big piece of land and it is possible that you won’t be able to see the tower well. I am sure we all remember the outrage we felt when people surrounding one of our Stratforde neighbor’s property threatened his business by attempting to restrict how he could use his property. Now that the tables are turned, I would encourage us to remember that lesson and not attempt to prevent Seven Gables from using this property in a way that would allow them to remain healthy.

We lived in California for many years. As more and more restrictions were put on the use of land, many small businesses lost their ability to survive, and we watched flower fields change into Home Depots.

Let us also look at our own involvement in this. If cell phone companies did not need to expand to provide their growing customer base with the additional capacity for voice, texting, and G3 services, they would not be spending resources to build these towers. You may receive good coverage today, but will not as use rises. If you are opposed to this tower, to remain logically consistent, you should cancel your cell phone service. I expect that most families in our subdivision have multiple cell phones that are used for texting and needless communications, rather than for emergencies.

We will not be opposing this cell tower and suggest that you consider taking the same stance. You risk losing a valuable neighborhood asset in this wonderful open space horse farm, all to block something you won’t even notice in six months.


- Nancy Cutter and Eddie Lee Brown

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

"If you are opposed to this tower, to remain logically consistent, you should cancel your cell phone service. I expect that most families in our subdivision have multiple cell phones that are used for texting and needless communications, rather than for emergencies."

So if a person disagrees with your point, which is completely understood, and feels they get really good service out here, which I do, then I should cancel my service because I am siding with the people who don't want it? That is ridiculous. If we were in need of better service and calls were being dropped left and right, all the time, every day, by everyone polled, then this would be a different story and I might side with those who want the tower. But that is not the case. TMobile wants to be competitive with AT&T and Verizon and they are thus expanding, AT&T and Verizon are not expanding out here, they are. So Kay is right, because their private company wants more of the market, the community will suffer out here. Some how it is now our problem that they don't have as many customers as AT&T and Verizon. I vote NO to the towers. There is ample coverage and service.

If you have TMobile and aren't getting service out here then I suggest you change providers to AT&T and Verizon instead of opting for more towers in your neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

You vote "No" to the towers? Do you own the land? Is Seven Gables telling you what to do with your property?

Ahhhh, the hypocrisy.

Anonymous said...

So if they wanted to put a land fill on that property you would be okay with that too? The rights of property owners completely supersedes the rights of all others?

Anonymous said...

The point is at this time we do not need an additional cell tower. Some would say that this is not our business and I would agree with that if it did not affect my family, our well being and our property values. Citizens can not do what ever they want, when ever they want if it impacts others. That's why there are zoning meetings and votes. We in this area are well aware that me may be exposed to the untoward effects of this tower if it goes in. If we were purchasing a home now I would not buy where we did. I would not want my family and animals exposed to the possible dangers associated with cell towers. Please note, I said POSSIBLE. If T-Mobile and 7 Gables Farm could guarantee that no harm would come to my family from this tower I might think twice before I said no. However, they can't because nobody knows the long term effects. If T-Mobile has adequate coverage and by their own admission they do. Why build another tower when there are better ways to advance cell phone coverage. If you did any research at all you would find that there are alternatives. They are not the cheapest but they are better for the people of Milton and our environment. Technology is all around us. We can embrace it and try to make it better and safe or we can fight it. I personally would like to make it better, shame on T-Mobile for taking the easy way out. I would guess that T-Mobile executives do not have a cell tower next to their homes. 7 Gables is willing to take the gamble that 10 years down the road new information won't come to light. Some things are worth fighting for, my fight is for no tower.

Anonymous said...

The towers are in...now take your pill like a good hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

I'd respect this cat a lot more if he just came out and said "I want to make a ton of money and I don't care if you think cell towers are eyesores." This dumb guilt trip screed is really pandering.

Anonymous said...

He is actually not a cat at all, if he were a "p#*@y" then he wouldn't have the balls to do the deal with T-Mobile because of his neighbors!

Anonymous said...

Who ever took the signs down at the entrance of Sunnybrook Farms, shame on you. They did not belong to you and you had no right to take them down.

Anonymous said...

It could have been the city. They have an ordinance that signs must be so many feet away from the road.
You may even find them in the dumpster behind city hall.

Anonymous said...

Check with Bill Lusk. He's good at ditching signs.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the owners of seven gables farm also own Provino's restaraunts- I don't buy in to the fact that their only source of income is selling goats & leasing stables-if so, they're not doing too bad with the addition they are adding on to the house! And if your coverage with T-mobile isn't enough switch providers!!

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the photos of how the tower will look on the farm-it's 150 feet-No chance that you're not going to be able to see it- & if the trees do cover it in 6months(only half of the year!!) -ITS STILL THERE-for the next 30 years!!!!! Posing health complications for my developing young children!Will the $ they receive from T Mobile be enough cover the lawsuit that I will file against them if the effects of this tower down the road prove harmful to my family???

Anonymous said...

what about the effects it might have on the animals?

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the photos of how the tower will look on the farm-it's 150 feet smack dead center in the middle of the farm at it's highest point-No chance that you're not going to be able to see it- & if the trees do cover it in 6months(only half of the year!!) -ITS STILL THERE-for the next 30 years!!!!! Posing health complications for my developing young children!Will the $ they receive from T Mobile be enough cover the lawsuit that I will file against them if the effects of this tower down the road prove harmful to my family???

Anonymous said...

Try not to look up and in the meantime call Ken Nugent about the law suit.

Anonymous said...

Yes sir, Ken got me a bunch of money. Remember, One call, that's all.

Anonymous said...

Is the next mtg about this March 23,2010?

Anonymous said...

It has been suggested that holding a cell phone next to your head is dangerous to your health! And what about using it when you are driving? Think about that next time you are using it just to blab about nothing.

Anonymous said...

that being said- you believe cell phone should not exist therefore no need for towers,right?

Anonymous said...

To 3:35pm , if your cell carrier notified you they were going to remove a tower that delivered calls to your phone because there had been an objection to the location of that tower,and your service would be interrupted from time to time, what would you do? You'd probably have a hissy fit.

You can make all the excuses for placing a tower some other place, but it all boils down to your being a NIMBY, MINFY or NIMSY.

Anonymous said...

to 6:07- are you with T mobile???
isn't the primary reason we all moved to Milton was to live in a rural setting?
I moved from alpharetta because of all the commercial nonsense
If you can't get cell service here pick up your d*#m land line!!

Anonymous said...

Have Verizon and get excellent service.
I also have a d*#n land line.

You've told me why you moved here. Tell me where you lived before moving to commercial Alpharetta.

You don't have a clue as to what rural is all about.

Anonymous said...

Let him have his tower in the middle of his farm. Lightning will strike his house before yours.

Anonymous said...

It won"t be in the middle it's at the front of his property.

Anonymous said...

Some people may not notice it in 6mos (you would have to be blind),but the possible health risks will be there forever.