UPDATE: Stettin leaders vote not to approve cell tower permit
TOWN OF STETTIN (WAOW) -
Stettin Plan Commission members voted unanimously late Tuesday night not to recommend approving a permit for a new cell phone tower.
One member told Newsline 9 they ultimately decided the tower would be built too close to a residential area.
The plan proposes building the tower on private property in the 3800 block of Stewart Avenue. That's located in the Town of Stettin. But some homeowners in the area told Plan Commission members it will bring down property values. They also voiced concerns about radiation and health risks at a public hearing Tuesday night.
Chris Strande and her husband have lived in this home on Wausau's west side for more than 20 years.
She told Plan Commission members and others at the hearing she's worried about the potential plan.
"We just don't know everything that goes along with such a huge tower," she said.
Strande was one of dozens of people that voiced concerns in a meeting that lasted more than three hours.
"I don't want my older children to have to come here and be fearful that he might someday be exposed to cancer," she told Newsline 9 earlier on Tuesday.
Plan commission members said the 150-foot tower would be built on private property and that they won't collect any taxes from it since it's a utility.
An AT&T representative answered questions during the meeting. He told neighbors their fears about potential health risks have no basis.
But Plan Commission members ultimately decided not to recommend moving forward with the plan.
The town board will now take up the issue. That group can decide to accept or reject the Plan Commission's recommendation.
In a statement to Newsline 9, an AT&T spokesman says, "Mobile internet service is revolutionizing the way people live, work and play. It is a critical economic driver that connects our local communities to the global economy. In Wausau, our network of cell sites provides that link. We will continue to work to find a solution to deliver the latest technology to our customers."