Community fights cell phone tower proposal
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Some Durham residents spent their Sunday protesting a proposed cell phone tower, set to be built in their neighborhood.
If built for Sprint, the tower would sit on land owned by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. Residents in the community said they have had no say in the process.
"We found out by talking to a workman that this tower was coming in, and then we started the fight," homeowner Mel Fehrenbacher said.
Homeowners believe the tower will make property values go down and pose a health risk if struck by lightning because there is a gas line nearby. But church officials maintain the 120 foot tower would pose no health risks.
"If it were an issue of safety, city code and state law would not have given permission to build such a tower," parish council member Pete Marinos said.
While the community protested, church leaders were inside attending meetings where they discussed the situation.
"We had the representative of Sprint company that is building the tower. And we thought after that meeting that all questions were answered in a very professional way," Marinos said.
But for residents who still want their voices heard, they will be given the chance later this month.
"September 25th, when we have our appeal in front of the boards of adjustment, we'll have several experts there and we'll start our legal fight then," Fehrenbacher said.
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