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FACT – Eagle Watch Cell Tower 2016-11-16T10:38:28+00:00
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Fake tree cell tower – Putnam Ford Rd

This site is built to keep Eagle Watch residents informed of the facts related to the cell phone tower project in progress for Eagle Watch Subdivision.

This page is maintained by Eagle Watch FACT (Families Against (a) Cell Tower).  We believe a cell tower in our neighborhood is an extremely bad idea so we are working to protect our beautiful community.

SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THE CELL TOWER IN EAGLE WATCH

 

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Base of Tower – Putnam Ford Rd

Background:
Towercom, a cell phone tower company, has agreed in principal with the Eagle Watch HOA to install a cell phone tower in Eagle Watch. The HOA has agreed to put the cell phone tower installation to a resident vote. Ballots will be mailed December 12 and are due back on January 12.

The Tower and the EW Board, A Timeline of Events 2012-2016

The cell phone tower will be located between tennis courts 1/2 and the golf course driving range, within a few feet of many Eagle Watch amenities – the main pool, the adult pool, all tennis courts, the playground, and the gym.

Concerns

  • Resale value of homes: Studies have shown up to 94% of potential homebuyers do not want to live near a cell phone tower, resulting in up to a 21% reduction in home values (realtor.org).
  • Aesthetics: The Eagle Watch cell phone tower will not be set back from the parking lot. It will be a 110-120ft tall “disguised as a tree” tower. The Tower will also generate noise with the multiple generators, A/C units, electrical sheds, gas trucks, and cranes used by multiple carriers
  • Cell Coverage may not improve: Currently, only customers of AT&T and T-Mobile (in contract with Tower Com) may (not guaranteed) benefit from the tower.
  • Alternatives to be considered: Newer technologies exist, such as DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems), which are not as intrusive to the community. Also, tall towers may likely become obsolete and we will be left with a useless structure.
  • The health of people using the amenities: As the long-term impact of cell phone towers on neighborhoods and individuals is still unknown, we call for the need for extreme precaution. This concern alone will cause buyers to think twice before purchasing in EW.
  • HOA: Fees will not be reduced. The income generated by the tower equates to about $15/year/household. Covenants restrict any antennae use on any Eagle Watch property. Why is this an exception to the bylaws?
  • Multiple towers: Once one tower goes in, there is no guarantee that others will not follow.

Other considerations:

  • Eagle Watch HOA will receive $1500/month (only $1 per homeowner!) from TowerCom, with potential additional licensing fees from cell providers
  • Towne Lake Hills Golf Course has already declined a tower company from building on their land

What you can do:

  • The most important thing you can do RIGHT NOW is to sign the petition. Our goal is to get over 75% of Eagle Watch homeowners to sign the petition before December 12.
  • Secondly, share the petition with your neighbors. Word of mouth is important.
  • Once the official vote from TowerCom comes out – vote against the tower!

SIGN THE PETITION