No New Wireless Tower Next to Saratoga High
We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the new cellular communication facility proposed by Verizon Wireless at 20455 Herriman Avenue (Saratoga Presbyterian Church, across the street from Saratoga High School), for the following reasons:
1. Lack of Collocation Analysis: The proposed new wireless tower does not share common structures with any existing wireless communication facilities as recommended by FCC and local zoning authorities. Verizon failed to provide an analysis of the potential collocation options.
2. Explosive Hazards: Verizon is expected to mount a new 25KW power generator with a large (~100-gallon) fuel tank to provide backup power to the cellular tower. This can present a variety of explosive and toxic hazards to the pre-school classrooms, the high school campus, and the residents nearby.
3. Adequate Existing Coverage: Verizon today provides the best coverage among the wireless service providers over the area covered by the proposed cellular tower. The immediate benefit to consumers is very limited.
Verizon Wireless is requesting to install a new cellular telecommunication facility at 20455 Herriman Avenue (Saratoga Presbyterian Church). The facility will be located in an enclosure that will be located atop the church preschool classroom building, 2' above the roof. The installation would include 9 antennas, ground mounted electrical equipment, and associated cabling. The enclosure would be constructed to match the materials of the existing building. The maximum effective radiated power in any direction would be 7,310 watts, representing simultaneous operation at 3,710 watts for AWS, 1,650 watts for PCS, and 1,950 watts for 700 MHz service. No operation is proposed in the cellular band.
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Update (August 27, 2015):
The City Planning Commission approved the proposal "Verizon Wireless on behalf of The Presbytery of San Jose" (PDR 14-0028) on June 10, 2015.
We believe the City Planning Commission made a number of gross mistakes in its findings and the approval of the proposal, and filed the appeal on June 24, 2015 to the city. The City Council has scheduled a public hearing to review the appeal on September 16, 2015.
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