Cell tower raises Milton residents’ ire

Proposed balloon test scheduled for March 2

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MILTON, Ga. — Residents of the area near Milton’s Stars Athletic Club will soon be able to get an idea of what a recently proposed cellphone tower would look like, if approved.

But opposition is already mounting on Facebook pages and petitions against the proposed cell tower.

Representatives from AT&T and American Towers will send a balloon up 140 feet to give onlookers a visual representation of the tower’s height. Later, photos will be used to make composite images of the proposed “monopine tower.”

The balloon test is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the proposed site at 14295 Birmingham Highway.

This test is part of the process applicants AT&T and American Towers must undergo before the city of Milton accepts or rejects the request.

The companies have already submitted an application to the city.

After the balloon test has been completed, the proposal will go before the planning commission, Milton City Council and design review board before a decision is made, which will likely be in April or May, city officials say.

This is the first proposed cell tower in Milton since the city passed new regulations at the end of 2009. Prior to the new regulations, T-Mobile applied for three cell towers within the city.

One was approved with changes. The two that were denied are currently in litigation.

The proposed site backs up to Triple Crown subdivision and falls within the quarter-mile radius, requiring notification from the applicant.

Triple Crown residents recently received letters in the mail detailing the proposal, and some have put up a Facebook page and an online petition against the tower.

Vinnie Politan’s backyard property line is 210 feet from the base of the proposed tower.

He said he is concerned the tower will be an eyesore.

“It is going to completely destroy the aesthetics of the neighborhood,” Politan said. “You move to Milton for a certain reason. You want to be able to see the sky.”

In case of inclement weather, the balloon test will be held on Sunday, March 3.