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Cellphone tower sparks debate

Published On: Jul 15 2014 07:43:25 PM CDT

A battle over cell towers.
One Black Forest resident is worried about a cell phone tower which could be built feet from her home.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Battle lines are being drawn over cell towers.

One Black Forest resident is worried about a cellphone tower which could be built feet from her home.

On a typical day, people pack the Black Forest Regional Park.

It’s a scene of nature, and was mostly spared during the Black Forest fires last year.

But there’s a new battle brewing over cellphone towers.

“I looked online to try to find some facts,” said Jeanne Penberthy, Black Forest resident and mother of two. “There’s anywhere from 10 to 20 percent degradation in your property values. But it’s hard to prove that.”

She’s worried about property values and health.

She found reports online about cancer risks, too.

Doctors KRDO NewsChannel 13 spoke with disagree. But Penberthy isn’t convinced.

“They're so prominent, people start to accept them, of course people have cell phone towers,” she said.

Penberthy admits she has nothing against cellphone towers. She has a cellphone just like many other people. She just doesn’t want one in the park.


“I don't think they should be around parks for long term exposure,” she said. “I don't think they should be around parks.  I have no problem with putting it in a different location.”

The tower is not a sure thing, only a proposal some residents hope others will pay more attention to soon.

A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday night at the parking lot near hiking trails at Black Forest Regional Park.  It is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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