The long awaited construction of a cell tower in Nippenose Valley will begin soon on the Reading Farm, located on Groupe Road. The availability of cell service will provide safety and convenience for everyone in the region. We fully support the presence of the tower, but as adjoining property owners we are appealing to the zoning hearing board to increase the distance of the project from our boundary.
The building permit for the tower places it directly behind and east of our rear corner stake. A single row of trees is all that separates our backyard from the 195 foot tall tower and its antennas.
We understand that since there is no ordinance governing cell tower installation in Crawford Township we have few legal grounds for debate. Instead we are appealing on the basis of aesthetics and property value.
Two townships in Clinton County have ordinances requiring the foundation and base of any communications tower to be set back from all property lines a distance equal to or greater than the intended height of the tower. We are asking for the same consideration. It would be a minor change for Verizon, but would significantly reduce the effect of the tower looming over our backyard and home.
We want to live peaceably with our neighbors in this beautiful valley. Our battle is not with them; it lies with Verizon Wireless. We are frustrated that a commercial investment which brings corporate profits can change forever the nature of our home and have a negative impact on the value of our property.
Please join us as we ask for the tower to be moved at least 200 feet from adjacent property.
Marty & Wendy McCormick
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