When property crimes spike, this increases the chance that items will also be stolen from cell phone towers. In Double Oak, Texas, the DOPD Chief, Derrick Watson, reported that, “On July 15 in the 8100 blk. Justin Rd. (behind the two churches) an unknown person(s) entered a cellphone tower enclosure and removed ten batteries without permission. Approximate value of missing batteries is $3,500. On July 22 in the 8100 blk. of Justin Rd. the backup batteries for the cell phone tower were stolen with a loss of approximately $4,200.”
The Double Oak police urge members of the community to pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior. With the area increasing in population, criminal activity is also increasing. Along with batteries being stolen from cell towers, thieves have also been stealing the copper wire in order to resell the copper to make a profit. Always keep your eyes open and report anything unusual to the police.
July 29, 2013 | Tower-Pro
Matt Lauer, resident of Bruce Township, urged the Bruce Township Board of Trustees to let him construct a 200-foot tower on his township property located near 36 Mile and Hipp roads. Lauer was sent away from the committee without a vote being taken and then the request was put on hold until June.
Lauer wanted his request to be approved without submitting a formal, engineer-created site plan. The Board of Trustees advised him that he needed to submit a detailed site plan, comply with FAA regulations, gain Zoning Board of Appeals height variance approval and comply with township ordinances.
Matthew Fahr reported in the Advisor & Source Newspaper that, “At its meeting July 17, Bruce Township Supervisor Richard Cory verified that Lauer had submitted a formal site plan. Planning Commission Chairman Mike Tremblay, who was in the audience for the meeting, acknowledged that he was satisfied with the plan that was turned in to the township.”
A petition of opposition was started that had about 50 signatures on it but there was also a list of 148 residents that wanted the service. Some residents realize that the benefits of this cell tower out-weigh the sight of it. The resolution for the special land use was approved by a 5-0 vote. However, the height of the tower does not comply with township provisions. The guidelines stipulate that the tower can’t be taller than 175-feet but Lauer was adamant that the tower needed to be 200-feet to achieve the desired purpose.
“After a short discussion, Roy Zolno made a motion to deny Lauer the variance for the 200-foot tower. It was seconded by Mike Lerchen. Of the four members present, Zolno and Lerchen each voted in favor of denying the variance, while Carnago and Hook voted against it,” Fahr reported.
July 29, 2013 | Tower-Pro
There is much debate in downtown Charleston because of a proposal to tear down the Sergeant Jasper apartment building. The removal of this building brings a dose of static into the cell phone coverage area because on top of the apartment buildings are towers for local phone service providers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile.
Schuyler Kropf reported in the Post and Courier that, “‘The City of Charleston’s position is we think cell tower coverage is important,’ said Lee Batchelder, zoning administrator for the city.”
Although this change is concerning members of downtown Charleston, the representatives of AT&T and T-Mobile said this change isn’t a major concern for them and are waiting to see what design and architectural features are in store for the future for the surrounding area.
July 26, 2013 | Tower-Pro
The city of Seven Hills came to an agreement with AP Wireless, a California based wireless infrastructure funding firm to build a cell tower. AP Wireless bought out three cell phone towers within the city, which provides them with the revenue from the three property leases.
Chris Mosby of the Sun News reported that, “The agreement will pay the city an up front sum of about $1.5 million, via regular installments of $350,000. In return, AP Wireless will receive the lease payments made by the owners of the three towers for the next 30 years.”
By allowing AP Wireless to take over these leases, there will be many benefits to the city. First, the city will receive an influx of cash. The city will be able to claim 85% of the new revenue. AP Wireless will also be able to market these towers to carriers so there will be better cell phone reception in the Seven Hills area.
July 26, 2013 | Tower-Pro
With the emergence of any new technology, there is always speculation on how it will affect our health and this has held true with the cell phone industry as well. Ever since cell phones became a part of our everyday lives, people have been questioning the effect they will have on our health. Many people automatically assumed the radiation from cell phones and cell towers was going to have adverse effects to our health. However, numerous studies have been conducted proving that the radio-frequency signals emitted from the cell towers is so small that it won’t have any negative effects.
K.S. Parthasarathy shared in The Telegraph that, “After a comprehensive review of the relevant literature, the World Health Organization, in its fact sheet number 304, stated thus: “Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF [radio frequency] signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects…”
The FCC has determined regulations when it comes to the amount of radio frequency levels that are acceptable coming from cell phone towers. While there has been concern surrounding the effects of radiation, cell tower radiation has a lot less energy than x-rays or gamma rays do. Cell tower radiation does not damage the cells in the body the way that x-rays and gamma rays do. The damage causes the x-rays and gamma rays to change and multiply the existing cells in the body, which can lead to cancer; but this does not occur with the energy from cell tower radio-frequency.
July 25, 2013 | Tower-Pro