PTC eyes cell towers in city parks

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 4:45pm
By: John Munford

Residents upset, wanted ‘no’ vote from City Council

Much to the dismay of several vocal audience members, the Peachtree City Council decided Thursday to further explore the possibility of allowing cell towers to be built at city-owned parks and recreation sites.

Council also committed to holding a well-advertised public hearing on the matter at a later date once city staff have gotten more information from a number of other cellular providers.

The city has been approached by T-mobile about building up to four towers at various locations in the city to address so-called “dead spots” in coverage. Up until now, the city has been able to keep cell towers limited mostly to areas along major thoroughfares, but this proposal would put them in residential neighborhoods, noted acting Community Development Director David Rast.

The discussion became heated after Mayor Harold Logsdon indicated he didn’t want to take any public comment on the proposal. Kathie Cheney, a resident who was allowed to speak initially, complained about the potential location of a tower in Blue Smoke Park, a neighborhood park with tennis courts and a playground.

Logsdon then lodged a volley at Cheney.

“Do you know where the cellphone tower is going to be? I don’t know.”

Cheney remarked that the park is so small it doesn’t have much room for such a tower, and she noted that the park is often used as a landing zone for medical helicopters during an emergency.

Briefly later, Logsdon sarcastically invited the audience to speak on the matter, saying he would be willing to stay at City Hall all night to do so.

That prompted a volley from a female resident in the audience who apparently was fed up with Logsdon’s attitude toward the public.

“I don’t think you need to be that rude,” the woman said. “... You’re not listening if you’re coming off talking to the citizens that way.”

Logsdon ultimately apologized not once or twice but three times before the council meeting was over.

“I apologize to everyone out there. Please accept my apology. You’re right, I was out of line,” Logsdon said.

Then near the end of the discussion, Logsdon made another comment that riled several residents. He noted that T-mobile has offered the city up to $30,000 a year for the privilege of erecting the towers on city property, and given the city’s fiscal status that’s a consideration, Logsdon said.

That prompted cries for several audience members, one of whom suggested the city’s parks “shouldn’t be for sale.”

When a resident suggested the city look at allowing cell towers in the industrial park, Councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett commented that they aren’t allowed because they would be in the runway safety zone for Falcon Field airport.

Plunkett said she would prefer the city use alternative tower sites not in neighborhoods or park areas. She suggested there may be areas on the edge of the industrial park that might be effective.

Rockspray Homeowners Association vice president Jamie Lee said he felt many residents didn’t want the matter tabled “to the backburner” only to be decided at a later date when the matter might not be well-advertised.

“I hear your assurances about having a public forum and I appreciate that and I applaud that,” Lee said. “The thing is we don’t want to see T-mobile come up and say we spent $100,000 studying this and you can’t turn us away because we spent too much money on it.”

Logsdon replied that the city would make sure the future meetings are announced to residents via the city’s email communication system.

Resident Juan Matute said he would like to have good cellphone coverage but he doesn’t want the city to approve an ugly cell tower.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Thu, 11/19/2009 - 10:09am.

I do not know exactly what kind of towers are included in this list or any specifics. But since this is such a discussed issued I did some research to see what I could track down on claimed numbers and locations.


Peachtree 100 Stallings Road



Peachtree City Hwy 74 at Rockaway Road (026081 / Peachtree City South)





PEACHTREE CITY 665 HWY 74 S / Dividend Drive (026072 / Peachtree City Airport)


Peachtree City 153 Willowbend Road



We need a lot more information on this issue before any decisions are made. Just tossing up new towers anywhere is not something to be done casually.

Don Haddix
Candidate for Mayor

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Submitted by JGF9148 on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 10:17am.

I'd be leery of one being constructed within sight of my house if I was these folks. I live near one which I hardly paid attention to until they recently "enhanced" the strobe. Now at night it's like living in the beam of a lighthouse.

Submitted by Dondol on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 4:53pm.

"Briefly later, Logsdon sarcastically invited the audience to speak on the matter, saying he would be willing to stay at City Hall all night to do so."
Harold Logsdon, aka, Otis Campbell doing what he does best, I just wonder if Skippy is going to ask him to give back his key to the jail in January.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 3:36pm.

The future insurance comish. Doesn't have time to listen to your petty complaints. He is a very important person now and has better things to do.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 5:44pm.

Don't think so-he won't make it past the primary.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 4:20pm.

Harry is gonna check himself into a personality transplant unit in Jan. and emerge as a human being.

He won't have time for any "ish" job anywhere.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 4:30pm.

there WILL be a job waiting for him when he emerges...Cell Tower Monitor. The job description calls for "Wanted, former elected official to climb up and take control of multiple cell towers. Must be willing to spend nights, weekends and holidays on the lookout for opinionated beautiful rich women who love parks. Job demands Monitor make the most self-humiliating verbal attacks on any such woman who approaches from below. Pay is minimum wage, no raises for years to come, but bennies include free psychiatric care for the next decade. And, twinkies. To apply, call 1-800-NOT-tmobile...

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 12:45pm.

What rock did you crawl out from? Oh, maybe from T-Mobile's rock?

Guess what, we don't give a rat's a** what type of technology any company uses. These parks belong to US RESIDENTS and your cell companies are NOT going to be anywhere near us. Got that?

Submitted by BenAthar on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 12:22pm.

just because on cell company doesn't use a lot of towers that the others are the same way. Each cell company uses a different format to transmit their cell coverage, i.e. CDWM,3g,4g,etc. ATT use one format for cell service while verizon uses another. With a cell company owning a tower, all other wishing to use that tower for service will have to be either beneath the owner's antenna's and pay a rental fee and sometimes have to have a lesser power to transmit as to not interfere with the owners transmission. Look the technology up. I understand that cell coverage can be spotty, but this isn't Brooks either. Other cities with blue sky laws have towers to look or mimic like trees and still blend in with the environment to help accomadate cell coverage. Just a thought.

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Submitted by della on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 9:37am.

T-Moblie wants 4 more cell phone towers in our city to add coverage to its subscribers. Let's ask Verizon first if they need more towers. If they don't then we know T-Moblie's equipment is just inferior and is asking to take the easy way out.

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Submitted by della on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 9:39am.

I think all the phone companys use the same towers right now. So if one company doesn't need more towers then the others shouldn't either.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 6:14pm.

Whoever votes in favor of building cell towers in our parks or recreational areas, will be run out of town on a rail! Mayor and city council members...don't trash our community and open spaces. We have clear skies, no telephone wires or high towers or buildings...keep it that way.

Submitted by lawson320 on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 10:03pm.

The Mayor missed the point. Using our parks should never be considered, PERIOD. I was never a big fan of Mr. Logsdon, and after seeing his display of rudeness towards his citizens, I have no respect for him.

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