Cell Phone Tower on West 3rd?
I was walking with my little guy yesterday when a neighbor of our shop stopped me and asked what I knew about a cell phone tower coming to West 3rd Ave. I was sorry when I hadn’t heard about it. After a brief conversation, I had to know more. Here is a letter going around the neighborhood:
Dear West Third Avenue Neighbors,
We are writing to ask you to consider adding your name to a list of neighbors who are opposed to the installation of a small cell telecommunication tower adjacent to 139 West Third Ave. This installation will include a 45’-46’ utility pole with an antenna on top plus radio equipment housed in a concealing equipment shroud at a height of 12’. A representative of AT&T, speaking at the March 3rd Borough meeting, indicated this tower was needed to ‘reduce the burden on customers in West Conshohocken’ who rely on cell service from towers on top of the Marriott Hotel. According to the detailed proposal available online (http://www.conshohockenpa.gov/media/61514/139-w-3rd.pdf), several variances are being requested by AT&T/Cingular Wireless because:
There are many reasons to be concerned about cellphone towers in residential neighborhoods, despite assurances about safety from cell service companies, because electromagnetic radiation has been linked to many harmful effects, and research is still ongoing in these areas.
The association “Physicians for Safe Technology” (https://mdsafetech.org) emphasizes the looming public health hazard posed by rapid growth in technology without adequate safety regulation. Small cells can essentially put out the same radiation as larger macro cell towers. They advocate for a preventative ‘better safe than sorry’ approach when so many unacceptable risks to people are present (https://www.emfscientist.org).
Conshohocken has many commercial areas where small-cell towers could reasonably be installed to improve service, making the towers less of a threat to family homes, especially those with children. In fact, one small-cell tower already exists on Fayette St. near BMT bank.
If you would like to join us in voicing your concern about locating this tower on W. 3rd Ave, here’s what to do.
We’re happy to answer any questions or provide background information included in this letter. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We need your voice!!!
Thank you from your neighbors,
Karen Chmielewski Trish Broderick
139 West Third 135 West Third
I will avoid sharing a personal opinion as I think the residents behind the letter made a number of great and valid points.