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Residents fight with HOA over proposed cell phone tower

Residents fight with HOA over proposed cell phone tower

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Sep 21, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A plan to put a cell phone tower inside the massive Piccole Ranch development in the northwest part of the valley, is pitting residents against their homeowners' association.

They e-mailed Action News and asked us to investigate how the HOA could move forward and sign a contract with the cell phone tower provider without their permission.

Ann Dremann told Action News, "The first exposure to it was at a budget meeting. We had a little card that said, "How do  you feel about a cell phone tower? The owners that were with me that day all put no."

"No", Anne Dremann says, because they weren't told until this August of plans set in motion three years ago to put a cell phone tower  between the tennis courts at the Piccole Ranch management office and the back fence of nearby Piggott Elementary School.

Worse, Anne says, the HOA'S contract with the company that claimed their tower was safe was already signed.  She also says Piccole residents got postcards for a town hall meeting to voice their concerns, but the plan plowed on for a final Las Vegas City Council vote Wednesday, despite being rejected by a planning commission.

Anne says, that's when she e-mailed Action News for help.

We went straight to the community manager, Jan Porter, who said the signing of the contract was just the first step in a process that was set in motion when a Piccole resident suggested the tower to improve cell phone reception in the development and make money for the HOA. Porter says the final decision is up to the City of Las Vegas.

We'll keep you posted.  Keep it tuned to Action News.


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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.