Sun, Jan. 26

Both cell tower applications withdrawn

COTTONWOOD -- Two cell phone wireless communication towers proposed west of Sedona and in Verde Village Unit 2 have been withdrawn from consideration.

The Yavapai County Planning commission in November had recommended the applications by a mixed vote.

The Yavapai Board of Supervisors was expected to decide the application Monday during the 9 a.m. Verde Valley meeting.

With the withdrawal, that will not happen.

The project manager for the proposal, Adam Brixius of Clear Blue Services in Phoenix, did not explain a reason for the withdrawal in separate, but nearly identical, letters to the County Administrator. He was not available to speak to the Verde Independent for an explanation.

While there were a handful of protests to the Verde Village site on Village Drive, there were a number of people in opposition to the Sedona Shadows area proposal

The Sedona Shadows Homeowners Association strongly supported the proposed installation west of Sedona, saying it would improve AT&T cell phone reception and improve services for the Sedona Fire District. However, individual property owners in the neighboring Sunset Hills along with the president of that association strongly opposed the additional tower. One 80-foot cell tower, operated by Abraxis and disguised as a flagpole, already serves the area. However, its design does not allow for co-location of elements.

The complaints said the new tower, proposed to look like a 99-foot tall pine tree, nestled among actual pinion-juniper vegetation, would diminish property values, threaten health from RF transmissions and violate the area's character of conservation.

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