As our readers know, we are advocates of having an opinion and sharing it with us. Today, we received a letter to the editor from a new resident who lives in the subdivision of Sunnybrook Farms. She is bothered about the possiblility of a cell tower going up on a farm next to her home.
With any issue, there are always two sides to the story. We are in the process of contacting the farm owner to give them equal air time.
Keep an eye on Accessmilton.com as this story develops.
I am a new resident to Milton. I moved from Roswell with my welsh ponies to Milton in search of a more rural, horse friendly community. I found a home in Sunnybrook Farms subdivision which is in the middle of a beautiful, scenic equestrian area. I built a 3-stall barn for my ponies and I thought I was set.
Two weeks ago I received a letter from the City of Milton telling me that T-Mobile wanted to put a 154 foot cell tower on the farm adjacent to my subdivision. I will be able to see it from my rocking chair front porch. I immediately began researching these cases and quickly realized that because of the Federal Communications Act of 1996 a city government cannot deny a cell tower petition because of aesthetics or health reasons. In fact, there are few reasons a petition can be denied. One way would be to prove that cell service is adequate and therefore no new towers are needed.
I have started a petition in our area as well as canvassing neighborhoods to discover if indeed we need better cell phone reception in this area. I have found the contrary. There does not seem to be a need for a tower. It seems that T-Mobile wants to litter the landscape of Milton with their cell towers to make their service more competitive with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. What happened to putting these unsightly structures on industrial and commercial properties?
Why do I have to suffer the consequences of being within 800 feet of a 154 foot cell tower so that T-Mobile can get a greater share of the market?
It is hard to fathom that Milton would allow this type of structure within a residential area. Because Milton is a relatively new city, it had not written adequate zoning laws to protect neighborhoods before this application was submitted by T-Mobile. I am hoping that incorporating and having our own local representatives who live in Milton will be beneficial and that they will support and protect us against this type of development.I would hope that the City of Milton is poised to stand behind their citizens who have elected them to serve and assist us in protecting our financial investments. The playing field is not level when local citizens, attempting to protect their physical, emotional and economic health, are required to battle against large telecommunications corporations with vast financial resources and experience in litigating these kinds of cases.
I would ask that the residents of Milton stand up and say "NO to cell Towers in residential neighborhoods". Help us to preserve and protect the reason why we live in Milton. Do not allow cell towers to litter the picturesque landscape and detract from our unique environment.
2305 Saddlesprings Drive