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issues like these : "Cell phone tower near trail opposed
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A proposal to put a 190-foot telecommunications tower within a mile of the Appalachian Trail is encountering regional resistance. The Harpers Ferry Conservancy, a conservation group in West Virginia, considers the American Tower Corp. plan a "full frontal assault" on the landscape, Executive Director Paul Rosa said.
The Appalachian Trail Conference has not taken a position but it is studying the issue, said David Reus, conference telecommunications coordinator.
The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals will discuss the issue June 7, when it considers landowner Michelle Reilly's request for an exception that would allow the company to put the tower on her property.
American Tower attorney Patrick Welsh said the tower... "
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AT&T's Plan for Cell-Phone Tower at Orlando, Fla., School Concerns Parents
May 18 (The Orlando Sentinel/KRTBN)--About two dozen parents marched on Audubon Park Elementary School in northeast Orlando on Wednesday morning, protesting plans to let AT&T build a cell-phone tower next to the school's baseball field.
The parents' concerns focus on fears the tower will drive down property values,
emit harmful radiation and add to the commercialization of public schools.
The tower was set for construction next month, but the protesters filed an
appeal, which forces the school and protesters to try to solve their differences in a mediation hearing later this year. If that fails, the issue could head to
"We're concerned about the health risks for our children," said Jennifer Marvel, an Audubon Park parent who founded Neighbors Opposed to the Tower, the group that led Wednesday's protest.
Audubon Park Principal Susan Kiffe did not return phone calls Wednesday.
While Orange County public schools already sell vending rights to soft-drink
companies, the notion of leasing school property to cell-phone companies smacks some as commercialization run amok. The Audubon Park deal calls for AT&T to pay
the school $15,000 a year.
"They want to make money, but it's going to put our kids at risk," Marvel said.
While medical research is still racing to catch up with cell-phone technology,
school officials adamantly deny putting children at risk.
"There's no medical hazard here," said Sandra Levenson, an area superintendent. "There's lots of research on that."
Frank Kruppenbacher, the school board attorney, said he was not concerned about parents suing the school district with health claims related to the tower.
"Our best evidence is that there's not a risk to anyone," he said.
Protesters, however, distributed information that linked cell-phone
towers to cancer, childhood leukemia, neurological problems and memory loss.
The medical debate will likely continue. So, too, will the squabble on leasing property and vending rights at public schools to private companies.
School districts across the country have worked out leasing and licensing arrangements that funnel profits into schools hungry for new computers,
refurbished facilities and additional teacher pay. In Orange County, school officials said they felt burned by an incident last year at Jones High School where a cell-phone tower was denied at the school but eventually built next door.
"They built one . . . a foot next to our school, but on different property,"
Kruppenbacher said. "So the money went to someone else, and none to our kids."
The deal at Audubon is for five years -- similar to a deal at Edgewater High
School, the only school in the district with a cell tower on school grounds.
According to Orange County Public School officials, schools can negotiate such deals on their own, requiring only final lease approval from the school board. School principals and school advisory committees must also approve the deals -- Aububon's principal and school advisory committee, made up of faculty and a handful of parents, signed off on the deal last year.
"We're going to be spending that money on new technology for the school," said Michael Blasewitz, principal at Edgewater. He said he wasn't concerned about
commercializing public schools.
"The money goes right back to the students," he said.
The deal between AT&T and Audubon was inked Dec. 7 -- the 58th
anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. The coincidence was not lost on the protesters.
"This is our 'Day of Infamy,' " Marvel said, borrowing a phrase from President Franklin Del