Approval of a cell phone tower upsets residents

Cottonwood, Calif. - Some Cottonwood residents are concerned about a cell phone tower that's about to go up in their neighborhood.

The permit for the tower was approved Thursday by the Shasta County Planning Commissioners. It is set to go in the backyard of a home on Dovie Lane right off Greengate Road in Cottonwood. Many of the neighbors who live close to the site are unhappy with the decision.

Zeta Herman has lived on Dovie Lane for more than 20 years. Her home would be less than 1,000 feet from the tower, and she would be able to see it from her kitchen window.

"It's going to be ugly and ruin the beauty of this neighborhood," said Herman.

Ed Solansky's home is just 150 feet from the site, he lives on Wilderness Lane which is parallel to Dovie Lane.

"I don't want to look out my backyard and see it," said Solansky.

Janise Hill has lived on Dovie Lane for 10 years. Her home is a little more than 1,000 feet from the proposed site.

"It's an aesthetic eyesore that should be put somewhere else," said Hill.

The 73 foot tower will be disguised as a pine tree, and neighbors say their backyard is the wrong place for it to go.

"I don't want to have a commercial endeavor, if we wanted to have commerce in here we would have moved to a commercial area but this is a residential area and it's inappropriate," said Hill.

"Why would we want it in our backyards why would we want our children out there playing," said Herman.

Hill said the neighbor who is having the tower put up will be receiving between $1,500.00 to $2,500.00 a month. Both Hill and Herman think it was selfish for their neighbor to make a decision without consulting the neighborhood.                                                                                                                                     

"Anything that we do in this area we should discuss with our neighbor because we all have to live here and we live closely," said Herman.

Solansky and his wife have enjoyed looking out from their patio, but the tower would be blocking their view.

"I don't think it's right and something you should do, but I guess it goes back to politics if you have enough money you can do what you want," said Solansky.

Neighbors say they were notified about the tower less than eight weeks ago, and it was too late because they felt the decision was already final. Plus, even if they wanted to move they say their property value will go down because of the structure.

"It is going to be even worse and even if it did go up we are going to lose that and that affects everyone in this neighborhood," said Herman.

Neighbors are planning to appeal the decision.



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