Sunday, February 24 2013, 09:10 PM CST
Residents react to communications tower
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore.-An east Medford resident said, though the city council's vote on Thursday classified a communications tower in his neighborhood as a building, it's still a tower.
If classified as a building, the city is not required to notify residents ahead of time that the structure is going up.
One resident said he understands the need for the tower to improve communications for emergency personnel. He said it's not the structure that bothers him, but the fact that his community wasn't told ahead of time or allowed to give input on the matter.
On the Federal Communications Commission website, the tower is classified as a tower. "If it looks like a tower, stands like a tower, it kinda is a tower [...] does that mean if it's not a tower it's a building they do not need to have a public hearing with the city? Is that what that means? Well, I'm not too comfortable with that," said Capital Ave. resident, Lynn Hale.
Another neighbor said, this tower, put up in 2012, is actually smaller and further away from homes than the original one. She said, the original tower was put up in the middle of the night and without any warning. This resident said the city also knocked down a tree when it put up this new tower and left it on the side of the hill.