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