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Sedona Needs a New Wireless Communications Strategy

Sedona AZ (July 8, 2017) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

Cell towers emit radiofrequency radiation. New results from long term studies have proven cell towers increase risks for cancers.

According to “P & Z delays wireless vote” (Red Rock News, June 7, 2017), there was nearly an hour of discussion during the Commission’s Public Hearing on June 1. Additional comments and concerns from the public regarding the City’s Wireless Communications Plan update will not be allowed during the subsequent meeting (date TBD).

Apparently in danger of slipping beneath the radar is the fact that Consultant CityScape and the City Manager’s Office are recommending urban density cell tower coverage for Sedona vs rural density. The requirement of twice as many wireless infrastructure sites for urban density has greater negative impacts on public health, safety and welfare and fails to preserve the unique natural beauty of our very small City. 

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine encourages avoidance of radio frequency such as from cell towers, etc., due to debilitating health effects associated with RF exposure.

A 2013 study conducted in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s third largest city, found that over 80 percent of people who succumbed to certain types of cancer resided a third of a mile away from cell towers (“New study: direct link to 4,924 cancer deaths from cellular antennas radiation”). And studies in Austria, Germany, and Israel likewise found living within a certain proximity of a cell tower increased the risk of cancer.

Consultant CityScape came up with 20 City-owned tower site locations: Eight (8) cell towers with their large, noisy base stations are planned on City Property and Ten (10) on private owned property.

Twenty-two (22) towers already exist in or near the perimeter of the City. Woefully, many new towers and base stations will be located in residential areas.

Soldier Pass tower (Photo SedonaEye.com 2014)

During the P & Z meeting nearly 20 members of the public expressed serious concerns about wireless tower antennae. A resident living within 300-feet of a proposed tower site stated she received a letter from Karen Osborn referring to her home’s proximity. Although the Federal Communications Act of 1996 preempts health concerns relating to RF radiation, if my understanding is correct, not excluded are safety, aesthetics and property value issues. 

CityScape states Wireless Master Planning will create a new method for new community revenues. The average yearly cell phone tower lease rate payment in the U.S. in 2016 was $45,000+ according to Vertical Consultants. However, they indicate lease rates vary greatly and can be well over $45,000 per year.

Jean Jenks
Sedona AZ

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24 Comments

  1. I LOVE THIS SITE says:

    Did you see this lemings????? There’re more. Get with it. Death by cell phone and computer and your lazy asses noninvolvement

    Citizen Safety Requires Wireless Communications Moratorium (33.1)
    Wireless Smart Meter Warnings (23.1)
    City of Sedona to Study Wireless Infrastructure Siting (21.9)
    Protect Our Children From Wireless Smart Meters (20.2)
    CDC Issues Cell Phone Radiation Caution (19.9)

  2. How Little They Know says:

    The no-it-all folks “loving this site” do not necessarily represent the intelligent. They most likely are of the same ilk as those that will still NEVER admit smoking causes cancer.

    Having witnessed one of my three sisters dying, still puffing on cigarettes because even at that late date she remained in denial and refused it was because of smoking she had cancer in a leg muscle and came close to having her leg amputated because of the resulting lack of circulation.

    So until and unless these people who criticize those of us who are concerned actually are afflicted, they will remain laughing and pointing fingers.

    This is extremely serious. Even damages being inflicted on young and old that live with their little wireless gadgets not unlike babies sucking on pacifiers have no clue as to what might or might not be damaging as time passes and future results remain undetermined.

    However, this is the here and now. Point fingers, call names, but you, too, are at risk – like it or not.

    Thank you, Jean Jenks, for time, concern, and sharing. It’s people like you and Warren Woodward who are the non-lazy non-asses and ARE involved and DO care.

    And, yes, I will proudly add my “real” name here. I am Eddie Maddock and my sister that died in Salt Lake City, UT, on September 21, 2001 – her name was Shirley S. Selle. May she rest in peace.

  3. Donna says:

    Excellent! Thank you Jean!!!!

    It is delightful to see clear and transparent accounting of one of the tribulations our community faces.

    We really appreciate you and the others educating us like Eddie Maddock, Henry Twombly & Warren Woodward. Thank you

  4. Jean Jenks says:

    http://city-data.com/towers/cell-Sedona-Arizona.html is a link to the full list of “FCC Registered Cell Phone and Antenna Towers in Sedona, Arizona.” The 44 towers in the FCC database directly contract City of Sedona Consultant CityScape’s claim that 22 towers exist in or near the perimeter of the City.

    Since not all towers must be registered with the FCC, the total for Sedona may be greater than 44.

  5. Warren says:

    A good source for where the towers and antennas are is http://www.antennasearch.com/

    Enter the address you want searched and take it from there.

  6. N. Baer says:

    Isn’t it “interesting,” or as IMO appalling, that no attention is being given to these facts: 1) No Federal mandate for “smart” meters applies (see The Entergy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1252), 2) The City totally ignores the fact that this “NGO” (not sure how Sedona selected this subcontractor), but it was contracted in 2003 BEFORE the $25 million National Toxicology Program results released last May, 2016 https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/27/two-year-25m-study-finds-positive-effect-of-cell-phone-radiation-on-some-cancers-in-male-rats/

  7. Ted Kreines says:

    We were once consultants to cities and counties on wireless. Now retired, we laugh at all the so-called information that is out there. You can multiply any inventory you see on the FCC site. The reason is that not all personal wireless service facilities need to be registered with the FCC. A “tower” is a trojan horse for many carriers. Some are not even paying rent, and some are not permitted by the city. Carriers also put up pirate sites. Only they know they are. In order for safety and aesthetics to be used for city review, you will need an ordinance. If you call them “towers”. you will get towers. If you call them PWSFs, you can get smaller facilities. The notion of urban towers vs. less dense deployments is only partially the reason more PWSFs are needed. New frequency bands are being added all the time and they need other locations closer to the user. If someone sends me an email address, I’ll see if I can send some old newsletters of ours.

    My wife and I love Sedona more than any other town except ours: Tiburon, CA

    Ted Kreines, formerly President of Kreines and Kreines, Inc.

  8. Jean Jenks says:

    Please Note: A PUBLIC NOTICE in yesterday’s RRN states P & Z will continue the Public Hearing started on June 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. This is good news. The RRN had previously reported on June 7 that “There will be no additional public comments” on the wireless communications matter in accordance with the instructions of the City Attorney.

  9. Deb Diaz says:

    It would be beneficial to know @Kreines had a city staff member contact him. Obviously Sedona has issues.

  10. N. Baer says:

    @Warren – Those antnennasearch.com results came from me and they show the number of antennae and towers from the Airport Mesa exposing me to radiation!! Those of us being severely affected, those who have not died yet, need to sell our houses and find some place else where we can live BEFORE 5G is installed here –also take our animals out of here.

  11. VOC Neighbor says:

    ” A resident living within 300-feet of a proposed tower site stated she received a letter from Karen Osborn referring to her home’s proximity. ”

    In the case of RF/microwave radiation, notices should be sent out to all those residents covered in the RF propagation maps which I would seriously question because they were done by Cityscape.

    Cityscape also did not let the city know about the legislation that was pending now signed in AZ allowing these towers to bombard the city/landscape/residential areas AND pay almost nothing for it, not to mention our health. That was passed in 8 or 9 other states simultaneously thanks to great wireless lobbyists and John McCain, a huge supporter.

    It has nothing to do with our needs It is the carriers wants and you can listen to the videos and hear Cityscape say the carriers “want”. They must prove a need, no wants allowed. No spec building allowed.

    The city also needs to stop creating vague sentences about the 1996 telecom act and quote it. It reads very different from the “we can’t do anything” approach the city is trying to take. The city has responsibilities.

    http://wireless.fcc.gov/siting/FCC_LSGAC_RF_Guide.pdf

    Send this to the p and z. They are officially notified at that point.

    Back to Cityscape, Why were there no protective ordinances in the city suggested? Are the towers measured by a third party periodically to ensure not surpassing legal limits? 70 % go unchecked and that tower farm on the Airport where all the tourist stand to watch the sunset? That keeps getting more dense. Is it measured?

    How has Cityscape earned their money? Who benefits from their advice?

    Cityscape needs to be fired and give the city a refund for inadequate service, in my opinion.

    The city needs to wake up.

    Sedona is not an isolated issue. This is happening globally.
    5G is high frequency. They are also superimposing high bandwidth on top of low bandwidth. All unproven and untested next to you or your neighbors small children.

    There needs to be a global wake up call and Sedona, which is so loved by the world is just the place to start that call. It can be done.

  12. N. Baer says:

    Thank you so much VOC neighbor. https://healthimpactnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/07/Symptoms-of-Radiowave-Sickness-Stetzer.jpg

    FULL DOCUMENTARY (52 minutes) – Wi-Fi Refugees. Electrosensitive people try to escape wireless technology, RT, 19th July 2017

    “Although these people are sick, their illness is difficult to diagnose, and it’s even harder to convince others that it actually exists. Their symptoms include cluster headaches, nausea, chronic fatigue, a burning sensation on the skin, and a metallic taste in the mouth. Sufferers claim the cause is wireless technology. There’s no known cure, and the only way to alleviate the symptoms seems to be to distance themselves from electronic devices and the influence of omnipresent wireless networks.

    Electrosensitive people insist that Wi-Fi and cell phones are inflicting constant harm on humans, animals, and nature. Their testimonies are not the only evidence that non-ionising radiation may not be as harmless as we have been led to believe. Scientific studies that have been conducted on plants, insects, and mice suggest these electromagnetic waves may be damaging living organisms. Scientists from around the world have appealed to the UN, warning of the negative, long-term effects that electromagnetic fields could be having on animal and plant life.

    At the moment, electrosensitive people have no choice but to flee to the woods or distant rural areas that wireless technology hasn’t yet reached. This often means leaving their families behind. Such sanctuaries are not easy to find, however, and they are becoming scarcer by the day. Sufferers warn that they are just the first to have detected the problem, which they expect to get worse and affect more and more people. Their message is not to stop progress, but to proceed with caution, making sure new technology is really safe before it is made widely available”

  13. Did you see this?????? says:

    http://www.city-data.com/towers/cell-Sedona-Arizona.html is a link to the full list of “FCC Registered Cell Phone and Antenna Towers in Sedona, Arizona.” The 44 towers in the FCC database directly contradict City of Sedona Consultant CityScape’s claim that 22 towers exist in or near the perimeter of the City. Since not all towers must be registered with the FCC, there could be more than 44.

  14. @Did you see this?????? says:

    And why should we be surprised – they lie about everything else so why should this be an exception?

  15. F.Y.I. says:

    In addition to “not locating” over one-half of the existing wireless sites in Sedona, Consultant CityScape, and the City Manager’s Office as well, are recommending Urban Density coverage for Sedona. Urban Density coverage requires twice as many wireless towers as Rural Density.

    The public has no idea how much CityScape is making for the lousy job it is doing. VOC Neighbor is spot on when he or she states “CityScape needs to be fired and give the City a refund for inadequate service, in my opinion.”

    The current Sedona Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance mandates NO wireless infrastructure on single-family residential property that has a residential use. Thanks to CityScape and the City Manager’s Office’s this is up for termination.

  16. How about this? says:

    Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer or Not?
    Senator John McCain’s glioblastoma diagnosis revives a longstanding debate over the safety of wireless technology.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/07/do-cellphones-cause-brain-cancer-or-not/534303/

  17. In Denial says:

    @How about this? – They will make excuses – that’s how the game is played in incorporated Sedona. The minority controlling city hall will prevail – same as they have with allowing the chamber of commerce/lodging council to take over. This is one situation where residents of surrounding areas (greater Sedona – VOC, Oak Creek Canyon) should indeed stand up and shout, demand, and raise hell. They are putting more than just city limit residents in jeopardy!

  18. West sedona resident says:

    In denial
    How about this
    FYI
    Did you see this
    @did you see this

    These are all the same person SE readers… the same crazy lady who posts using 10-15 different names sometimes all in the same day.

    In this particular exchange she wrote a post , then responded to her original post using a different name..

    If this ain’t the behavior of a hate fueled crazy crazy person with too too much time on her hands , I don’t know what is

    Can you say delusional crazy lady

  19. Alexis Emory says:

    Scott & I are tired of watching poor decisions for us and our children about wifi, emfs, radiation. You abuse your privileges to govern when you can’t take into account new science and new regulatory needs when the old are outdated. Instead of being behind the curve of regulation, be ahead of the curve and craft new regulations that protect us! I’m tired of it. I get disgusted every time I see that ugly piece of (deleted by editor) in my home’s siteline (granted its our second home but we pay for it) and when I stand on hills what do you see but that ugly monster smack dab in the middle. Do you hate your fire departments? Every building has cell phone towers on it enough to fry each firefighters brain! The people running the show here are atrocious sell outs to corporate America. Get rid of the Republicans on the council and vote in Democrats. If a Democrat votes for development and cell towers you know they are bad seeds personally because Democrats are pro environment and health.

    Thank you. I’ve been following this for a couple years here and it finally drove me to say something when pointed out more are being approved. Hey jerk stop attacking people writing here. You’re not funny if that’s what you mean to be.

  20. Say What? says:

    @Alexis Emory – You state: “Get rid of the Republicans on the council and vote in Democrats.” Are you serious? Even with the possibility that maybe – just maybe – two Republicans were recently elected, clearly the majority ARE Democrats!

    Unfortunately here the commonality seems to be in getting $$$$ – no matter how or who they hurt. And at the same time they continue to throw millions into the bank account of the Chamber of Commerce without any creditable audit or tracking of how it is being spent. Live with it.

    Moral of story: Be careful what you wish for.

  21. JeanJ says:

    The Planning and Zoning Ordinance regarding wireless communication facilities for unincorporated areas of Yavapai County states:

    “m. Prior to applying for a new facility, the applicant shall meet with community groups and interested individuals who reside or own property within one thousand feet (1,000′) of the proposed site to explain the proposed project. The purpose of these meetings is to inform and educate the community on wireless communications, and the restrictions placed on Yavapai County by the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as to solicit suggestions from these groups about the applicant’s proposal and impact mitigation measures.”

    So what do residents of Sedona get? A letter from Karen Osborn stating your house is within 300 feet of a cell tower (if applicable).

  22. West sedona resident says:

    Did you see this
    @did you see this
    Say what
    In denial
    How sbout this

    SE readers this is all the same person

    Love cw how this crazy lady writes a post then responds to the original post using another fake name…..

    Gotta love crazy with way to much time on her hands and hate in her heart

  23. JessL says:

    One other thing you can count on is disinformation from West sedona resident.

    The City council and city management care not about residents health or quality of life. It’s all about petty power and money.

    This disaster of a city should be ended.

  24. JeanJ says:

    Last Wednesday’s RRN reported “There will be no additional public comment” during the P & Z Meeting on August 1. But wait, at least 10 additional City-owned wireless tower sites have been added to the 8 previously proposed.

    In this “P & Z CONTINUES TOWER MEETING” article, CityScape’s Susan Rabold states to date, 7-26-2017, they have found that an additional 17 to 25 towers of varying sizes will be needed in Sedona over the next 10 years. She claims “There are 22 towers in or near the perimeter of the City’s boundaries.” This is inaccurate and, IMO, deceptive. The FCC’s cell phone database lists 44 cell phone and antenna towers registered in Sedona, AZ. Note: not all towers must be registered.
    http://www.city-data.com/towers/cell-Sedona-Arizona.html

    According to the 8-01-2017 Staff Report from the City, the WHO and the American Cancer Society found “RF exposure is so low that human health and animal health is not affected.” WHAT?!! These were cell phone studies, not studies of CELL TOWERS.

    A ten-year Brazilian study found a direct link to 4,924 cancer deaths from cellular antennas radiation in Belo, Horizonte, Brazil’s third largest City. 80 percent of the victims lived within 500 meters away. Studies in Austria, Germany, and Israel likewise found living within a certain proximity of a cell tower increased the risk of cancer. And a 2016 U.S. National Toxicology Program study on RF found brain and heart tumors. Children are at the greatest risk.

    The draft Sedona Wireless Master Plan states City-owned properties that can be part of a network deployment solution “for the wireless industry” are being identified. So much for solutions that are best for Sedona, its residents, businesses, their property values and the area’s unique beauty?

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