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Proposed AT&T tower opposed by residents

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By Dana Griffin

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@DanaRGriffin- In Dartmouth, cell phone users say a good signal can be hit or miss.

AT&T Customer, Bianca Cunha said, "I've never really had a problem with it. It's always been pretty good. I think adding towers would help."

AT&T wants to install 12 antennas on the Allen Street water tower and build a new 150–foot tower on Gulf Road.

Michael Pope lives on Gulf Road. He said, "It will spoil the area. It's a historic district and simply we do not want it here. It is inappropriate for this area."

At Tuesday’s town meeting, at least 30 residents protested the idea– fearing the tower will bring down property values.

"I think it's obvious to anybody that property values are going to deteriorate with a view out of your living room window at a 100–foot poll, said Pauline Pope.

Some are also concerned about health risks associated with radiation.

AT&T issued a statement. It reads in part: "... With respect to health concerns, the radio signals from our cell sites comply with regulations established by the federal communications commission in consultation with federal agencies responsible for protecting public health and the environment, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency."

In the proposal, AT&T would pay the town $2,500 a month to lease space on the water tower.

Board chairman, Jacqueline Figueiredo says they've hired a private consultant, to help make a decision.

The board will likely make a decision on the antennas proposed for the water tower on August 5th. The erection of the new tower will be heard in late September.

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