Proposed cell tower near Mountain's Edge concerns neighbors


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Proposed cell tower near Mountain's Edge concerns neighbors

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Nov 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Some people living near the Mountain's Edge community in the southwest part of the Valley are up in arms over a proposed cell phone tower.

The problem: It is to be built in one man's back yard, in a residential development.

"It's gonna be hovering over us 80 feet. We don't want it in our back yard," said Frank Slaughter, Aviano Community HOA President. 

Slaughter spent most of Monday going from house to house to raise awareness about the proposed project, slated to be built in the southwest corner of a residential lot containing a single-family home at Gomer Road and Fort Apache.

With neighboring homes to either side of the property, each less than a football field away, people are worried about noise from the humming cell tower. 

"First of all it could be a health hazard with the microwaves, second of all it could lower the property value of our homes," Slaughter told Action News.

The Application Permit Analysis reveals there are flaws in the design proposal, with the developers asking the county to waive some development standards. They even acknowledge there will be a "negative visual impact" to adjacent properties.

Existing pine trees on the proposed building site are about 30 feet high, but the cell tower will be more than double that at 80 feet.

Slaugher says there is plenty of open land behind the development which would be better suited to housing a cell tower.

"If they would put the tower back there, I don't think anybody would have a problem. But right here, right next to this house and this other house behind it, this is our neighborhood. This is private property, and he's going to build a cell tower in his back yard, I think that's ridiculous," he said.

So far Slaughter has dozens of neighbors who have signed a petition to put the proposal to bed, but nonetheless it is scheduled to be discussed publicly at Tuesday night's Planning Commission meeting. 

Developers say it will improve cell phone service in the area.

The planning commission was scheduled to discuss the issue on Nov. 19 but that was delayed because of this story.

The board delayed the vote for two weeks to allow neighbors to get familiar with the issue and bring their concerns to the next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 3.

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for Action News.