Tower site

To the Editor,

The "Northern Gateway to the Kettle Moraine State Forest” is our greeting as you enter the quaint village of Glenbeulah, population 463.

Our village could possibly be overshadowed, one block south of the intersection of Main Street and Swift Street, by a 155' Verizon monopole telecommunications tower.

The site in question is commercially zoned property owned by Oyvind Solvang of Hillcrest Builders. PI Tower Development LLC, prefers to erect such towers on light Industrial/Industrial property.

Unfortunately, this area is bordered on most sides by residential homes and to the southeast is the Mullet River which flows into the Glenbeulah Mill pond, our treasured natural resource.

The view from this area will now be marred by a blinking or flashing light on top of this 155' tower and the constant hum of the generators on the ground. There is also a small acreage of land called Meyer Park, established 35+ years ago by a couple who loved the land and the beautiful surroundings and bequeathed this area to the village. What would they think now if this is allowed to happen?

A survey, currently being conducted by some village residents, finds that the majority, if not all, of home owners strongly oppose such a tower on this particular site. Everyone is duly concerned about the ramifications of all aspects of this type of structure.

The Plan Commission and the Village Board have offered PI Tower Development three (3) alternate sites that would benefit all concerned.

It has been researched that constructing a tower of this magnitude decreases property values up to 30% and homes or rental units close to a cell tower are not desirable on the real estate market.

How will this impact the wildlife and migrating water fowl that make their stops at the water on their journeys during the spring and fall months?

It is also possible that three (3) more wireless carriers could be added to this tower, which also brings in that many more generators placed on the ground.

It's unfortunate that the residents and governmental facets of the village have zero to no voice in this case, due to Wi. Stat. 66.0404 Mobile Tower Siting Regulation.

This unsightly tower, in view of the entire village, will remind the residents daily that this terribly ill-advised law will impact a whole com- munity and render their votes against such a structure mute.

Please contact your local representatives and state legislature and voice your concern.

Submitted by Barb Wehrle for The Concerned Citizens of Glenbeulah

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