If residents aren’t angry or concerned about the proposed change to allow cell phone transmission towers in virtually all of Scarborough, then they haven’t been paying close enough attention. A 150-foot tower could be erected within 100 feet of homes, causing the loss of 10 to 20 percent of value, or destruction of a beautiful view. Or worse, a tower that emits a Class 2B carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization, could be allowed on at a school or playground, increasing the risk of adverse health effects and cancer.
Our Comprehensive Plan was created to guide our leadership to make decisions that are in the best interest of the health and welfare of town citizens. Our council is elected to uphold the Comprehensive Plan. The plan says nothing about putting commercial uses in residential zones, particularly uses that put our health and property values at risk. I hope residents will join me in communicating that we are not willing to risk our property values, or health, to get better cell phone reception. There are better and safer ways to get this done than to use the blanketed approach and allow towers everywhere, including residential zones.
Suzanne A. Foley-Ferguson