Five new AT&T cell towers planned for Santa Fe

AT&T has just submitted five applications for new cell towers in Santa Fe. There will be an Early Neighborhood Notification meeting for all five towers on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm in the Genoveva Chavez Center, 3221 Rodeo Road. The locations for the proposed towers are as follows:

1. In the Solana Center parking lot, in front of the La Montanita Food Coop. This tower will be disguised to look like a 55-foot-tall pine tree.

2. On the roof of the St. John’s United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail. These antennas will be hidden in the existing chimney.

3. In Fort Marcy Park next to the fire station. The existing tall light pole that lights up the playing field will be replaced by another pole that has nine antennas on it.

4. At Baillio’s, 3294 Cerrillos Road (behind Walgreen’s). This tower will also be disguised as a pine tree.

5. At 1059 Bishops Lodge Road, corner of Camino Manana. An existing 55-foot-tall PNM pole will be replaced by another pole with antennas on top of it. This location has been withdrawn!

These towers are all “needed” because although AT&T’s regular cell phones work everywhere, there aren’t enough towers to accommodate all the iPhones people are buying.

Those opposed to these towers should tell everybody you know who lives or shops in these five neighborhoods about them. It wouldn’t hurt to pack the Genoveva Chavez Center on the 25th.

Our group, the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety, will not meet this Thursday. We will be at Warehouse 21 instead, where “Full Signal,” the documentary film about the environmental effects of wireless technology, will be shown at 7:00 pm. It will be valuable for anyone to see who is concerned about these issues and who did not have a chance to see the film last December during the film festival. Our group will resume meeting as usual next Thursday, October 21 at Isis Medicine, 401 Botulph Lane (two blocks south of St. Michaels Drive, right turn off Botulph Road).

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