ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – South county residents are collecting signatures on a petition in an effort to prevent a 100 foot cell phone tower from being erected in their neighborhood near Bauer Road.
The site for the proposed tower backs up to Michael Marino's property along Bauer Road. "I'm beyond angry. This is catastrophic not just for me because I'm the closest, but for everybody in the surrounding area," said Marino.
AT&T wants to build the tower on land owned by Crestwood Elks Lodge 2503 to service other communities. "The coverage they want to cover isn't even here. It's across the river in Fenton and Eureka," Marino added. Wendy Antalick has been conducting research online and has health concerns. "To me, it is a health concern because of the radiation that comes from the towers. There are going to be three tenants on the tower and obviously that increases the radio frequency radiation coming from the tower," said Antalick.
Jennifer and Andrew Rieser bought property across the street from the proposed site and planned to build their dream home on it. Now, they're not so sure. They hope the St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Commission does not rezone the area making it possible for the tower to be installed. "I would like the county to not allow the rezoning change so everything can go back to normal and we can have our dream house," said Rieser.
St. Louis County Councilman, Steve Stenger represents the area and made it clear he supports his constituents.
No one from the Elks Lodge was available for comment. The St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Commission votes on the matter next month.
Meanwhile, AT&T released the following statement when asked about the proposed tower.
“AT&T is considering leasing space on a TowerCo. tower to strengthen our wireless network for customers who rely on it to stay connected to family, friends, work, school and emergency responders. When reviewing potential tower lease options for our wireless network upgrades, AT&T works hard to identify the best locations for our customers and follows strict federal, state and local safety standards.”