How would you like to have a cell antenna right across the street from your home?
How would you like to never be told about it by the City – and to first hear about it from another resident? This is the frightening scenario facing residents of Modena Way in Elk Grove.
Diane Saetern and her family live on Modena Way, across the street from Monterey Trail High School and the proposed AT&T cell antenna. (Read the full Interview with Diane Saetern.)
She found out from a flyer in March about the cell antenna and the permit application for it. She took a petition against the cell antenna and got 33 of her neighbors on Modena Way to sign it in ONE night! She also made an audio recording of her public comments which the City played during the May 13 Council meeting. (You can do that too! Please support the Modena Way residents by sending your public comment to the City Council ASAP, even if it is after the May 27 Council meeting. Scroll down to the Action Alert.)
During the May 13 Council meeting after hearing Ms. Saetern’s public comments Mayor Steve Ly asked the Director of the City’s department of Public Works, Bob Murdoch, to update the Council on the application (#19-07227). Mr. Murdoch said the City is still reviewing it and has not yet issued a permit but that they consider it a done deal (in my words). Mayor Ly directed Murdoch to reach out to Ms. Saetern and her neighbors. It was not what the petition asked for but it was better than nothing.
The following Monday Ms. Saetern sent a message to the City Council Members and staff describing what she and her neighbors want; for the City to hold a conference call meeting with them to discuss the issue including the law and the City’s options and to answer their questions and for the City to make the permit application and certain documents related to it available on the City’s website. Ms. Saetern also reiterated the requests in the Modena Way residents’ petition. The City has not responded yet.
You can learn more by reading the full interview with Diane Saetern.
The background is that AT&T has applied for a cell antenna permit for cell antennas in 5 locations (so far, and more will follow). Two of them are the exact addresses of public high schools: Laguna Creek High School and 9050 Vicino Drive and Monterey Trail H.S. at 8661 Power Inn Road.
This is the 11th hour. Please get involved. It only takes a minute! The Action Alert contains a sample message you can send to the City Council. Scroll down.
The bottom line is that Modena Way residents are united in their opposition to this cell antenna and they need your support. If you will send your pubic comments to the City Council supporting the Modena Way residents and their requests that can get their attention. Despite the City’s claims it really does have several options here.
Also, improving the permitting process and changing the zoning code will protect other residents who live near sites of future cell antenna permit applications. It will also protect the City’s interests and enable the City to maintain more control over the permitting process.
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