TUCKER COMMUNITY ALERT

May 5, 2011: T-MOBILE ENTERS DISCUSSIONS WITH DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. IF APPROVED, DANGEROUS CELL PHONE TOWERS WILL BE LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS, AT THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS: Briarlake Elementary School Lakeside High School Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Brockett Elementary School Flat Rock Elementary School Jolly Elementary School Margaret Harris Center Princeton Elementary School Smoke Rise Elementary School Narvie J. Harris Elementary School Meadowview Elementary School Medlock Elementary School What is the risk? Health risks: Studies have shown that even at low levels of this radiation, there is evidence 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 the United Kingdom have issued warnings urging children under 16 not to use cell phones, to reduce their exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation. [2] Over 100 physicians and scientists at Harvard and Boston University Schools of Public Health have called cellular towers a radiation hazard. And, 33 delegate physicians from 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 valid reason for a municipality to deny zoning for a cell tower or antenna. Property values and aesthetics, however, do qualify, according to the act. The Appraisal Institute, the largest global professional membership organization for appraisers with 91 chapters throughout the world, spotlighted the issue of cell towers and the fair market value of a home and educated its members that a cell tower should, in fact, cause a decrease in home value. The definitive work on this subject was done by Dr. Sandy Bond, who concluded that "media attention to the potential health hazards of [cellular phone towers and antennas] has spread concerns 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 moving toward the higher range the closer the property. [3]
1 Microwave and Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure, San Francisco Medicine , Vol. 74, No 3, March 2001 2 Mobiles Risk to children, Daily Mail (U.K.), May 11, 2000 3 "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 schools or any residential property, school and zoning officials need to hear from you. The only way to stop this attack 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 Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Dekalb County Planning & Sustainability - Method of Protest
1.) Email your complaint: Planninganddevelopment@dekalbcountyga.us CodeEnforce@dekalbcountyga.gov 2.) Written Letters of Concern / Protest: DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability Attn: Zoning Director 330 West Ponce de Leon Avenue Decatur, Georgia 30030 Suggested Content

for online or written protests of the current T-Mobile proposal to locate cell towers in residential neighborhoods in Dekalb County onsite at elementary schools or elsewhere. [SENDER'S NAME] [SENDER'S ADDRESS] (optional[SENDER'S PHONE] (optional[SENDER'S E-MAIL] [DATE] [RECIPIENT W/O PREFIX] [RECIPIENT'S TITLE] [RECIPIENT'S COMPANY] [RECIPIENT'S ADDRESS] Dear [RECIPIENT W/ PREFIX]: Re: Current Proposal by T-Mobile to the Dekalb County School System to locate Cell Towers onsite at DeKalb County elementary schools, including Brockett Elementary I would like to protest the proposal that was made by T-Mobile to my community at a meeting held at Brockett Elementary School on May 4, 2011. I was unable to attend this meeting as it was not communicated clearly to be about the actual construction of cell towers in my neighborhood. I am, however, writing to you now to voice my overwhelming concern and objection to this proposal. There are several reasons for my concern, first of which is the health and welfare of the residents in the surrounding community including the children who attend Brockett Elementary and other schools as outlined by the cell company’s proposal. My X-year old son/daughter/neighbor attends this school and I will not sit idle while the school board places a monetary value on this precious child’s life. I appeal to your good nature to do what is within your power to decline the proposal immediately! Second, I wish to protest the cell tower construction based on my rights as a property owner in the surrounding community. The Federal Communications Act of 1996 states that property values and aesthetics are valid reasons for a municipality to deny zoning for a cell tower or antenna. It is my belief that the towers would create an eyesore in my community and would result in lower property values which, in turn, would lower the amount of property tax collected. Any benefit from money paid to the school system would offset by the loss in revenue by way of property taxes. You should be receiving letters from local real estate professionals who will also back up this claim. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. My contact details are at the top of this letter. I will follow this issue closely and urge my friends and neighbors to do the same. I expect you will take the community and parent protests seriously and consider our messages carefully before rendering the best decision for the future of DeKalb and our children. No cell towers at our school. No cell towers in our neighborhoods. Thank you! [VALEDICTION (Sincerely, Respectfully, Regards, etc.)], [SENDER] [SENDER'S TITLE]