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Cell Tower Alert

Cell Tower Alert

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Published by Cheryl Miller
Letters being sent throughout neighborhood to fight the placement of dangerous cell towers at our local elementary schools!
Letters being sent throughout neighborhood to fight the placement of dangerous cell towers at our local elementary schools!

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Published by: Cheryl Miller on May 12, 2011
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TUCKER COMMUNITY ALERT
May 5, 2011:
T-MOBILE ENTERS DISCUSSIONS WITH DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOLSYSTEM. IF APPROVED, DANGEROUS CELL PHONE TOWERS WILL BE LOCATED IN THEMIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS, AT THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:Briarlake Elementary SchoolLakeside High SchoolMartin Luther King, Jr. High SchoolBrockett Elementary SchoolFlat Rock Elementary SchoolJolly Elementary SchoolMargaret Harris Center Princeton Elementary SchoolSmoke Rise Elementary SchoolNarvie J. Harris Elementary SchoolMeadowview Elementary SchoolMedlock Elementary School
What is the risk?Health risks:
Studies have shown that even at low levels of this radiation, there isevidence of damage to cell tissue and DNA, and it has been linked to brain tumors,cancer, suppressed immune function, depression, miscarriage, Alzheimer's disease,and numerous other serious illnesses. [1]Children are at the greatest risk, due to their thinner skulls, and rapid rate of growth.Also at greater risk are the elderly, the frail, and pregnant women. Doctors from theUnited Kingdom have issued warnings urging children under 16 not to use cellphones, to reduce their exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation. [2]Over 100 physicians and scientists at Harvard and Boston University Schools of PublicHealth have called cellular towers a radiation hazard. And, 33 delegate physiciansfrom 7 countries have declared cell phone towers a “public health emergency”.
Property Values:
The Federal Communications Act of 1996 says health concerns are not a validreason for a municipality to deny zoning for a cell tower or antenna. Property values andaesthetics, however, do qualify, according to the act.The Appraisal Institute, the largest global professional membership organization for appraiserswith 91 chapters throughout the world, spotlighted the issue of cell towers and the fair marketvalue of a home and educated its members that a cell tower should, in fact, cause a decrease inhome value.The definitive work on this subject was done by Dr. Sandy Bond, who concluded that "mediaattention to the potential health hazards of [cellular phone towers and antennas] has spreadconcerns among the public, resulting in increased resistance" to sites near those towers.Percentage decreases mentioned in the study range from 2 to 20% with the percentage movingtoward the higher range the closer the property.
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1 Microwave and Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure, San Francisco Medicine , Vol. 74, No 3, March 20012 Mobiles Risk to children, Daily Mail (U.K.), May 11, 20003 "The effect of distance to cell phone towers on house prices" by Sandy Bond, Appraisal Journal, Fall 2007. Source,Appraisal Journal, found on the Entrepreneur website, http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/171851340.html 
 
What Can You Do?
If you oppose the construction of unsightly cell towers in your neighborhood, located at elementary schoolsor any residential property, school and zoning officials need to hear from you. The only way to stop thisattack on the health and welfare of our neighborhoods is to let our voices be heard.Please spread the word to your neighbors and solicit everyone you know to write letters as suggested below. Letter content is provided as a convenience, but you may also use your own words to voice your concerns.
 Don’t waste precious time! We must act now! Send your letters today to let our school and zoning officials know that you oppose this intrusion by T-Mobile into your neighborhood!
Submit letters in as many forms as possible, including, but not limited to the suggestions below:
Dekalb County School System - Method of Protest
1.) Online Complaint Form: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/tellus/2.) Written Letters of Concern / Protest:
 Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson Asst. Superintendent Terry Segovis, Region 1 Asst. Superintendent Angela Pringle, Region 2 Asst. Superintendent Debra White, Region 3 Asst. Superintendent Horace Dunson, Region 4 Asst. Superintendent Ken Bradshaw, Region 5
All addressed to:DeKalb County Board of Education
 Attn: Asst. Superintendent XXXX (insert name from list above)
Administrative and Instructional Complex1701 Mountain Industrial BoulevardStone Mountain, GA 30083
Dekalb County Planning & Sustainability - Method of Protest
1.) Email your complaint:Planninganddevelopment@dekalbcountyga.usCodeEnforce@dekalbcountyga.gov2.) Written Letters of Concern / Protest:DeKalb County Planning & SustainabilityAttn: Zoning Director 330 West Ponce de Leon AvenueDecatur, Georgia 30030
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