Neighbors Balk At Proposed Walnut Creek Cell Tower

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(AP)

WALNUT CREEK (KCBS) – Some Walnut Creek residents continue to fight a proposed cell tower in their neighborhood, more than a year after the idea was first introduced, and ahead of a City Council vote on the controversial issue Tuesday night.

The 17 ft. AT&T cell tower would be fashioned to look like a tree and installed on church property in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Walnut Creek – if approved by councilmembers.

A consultant concluded the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church site was the least intrusive spot in the area, which is described as having “spotty” cell coverage.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Some residents have conceded that the tower needs to be erected, pointing out that it’s “common sense.” In other words, if you want to use a cell phone, you need reception towers nearby.

Still, some residents with “no cell tower in our neighborhood” signs in their yards maintain there are other, better locations for reception towers – pointing out that the proposed site is roughly 100 ft. from a private residence.

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