Dear Editor,

The T-Mobile cell tower proposal that was previously denied at Shastice Park has now returned to a Mount Shasta residential neighborhood and is 685 feet from Mount Shasta High School. The application includes future expansion with multiple facilities.

As Mount Shasta residents, we feel this is a completely inappropriate location for such a facility for the same reasons that it was denied at Shastice Park.

There can be no doubt that residents and visitors value the beauty of our mountain home. The vision for a Mount Shasta and Siskiyou County economic development tourism strategy is evolving and can include a recreational trail system that would appeal to a national audience.

The cell tower proposal has no local community value – and in fact would deteriorate the visual appeal of our Everitt Memorial gateway to the mountain.

The negative effect of a visual blight in the Mt. Shasta view shed to present and future business opportunities, as well as to local property values, is unknown.

The public comment period to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors ends on Aug. 20, 2012. A planning commission hearing will soon follow.

This is a precedent case and your input will give guidance to the board of supervisors that appropriate cell tower location is mandatory for future economic prosperity of our community.

Please stay informed and help guide our community leaders to make decisions which support long-term local success – rather than short-term regrets.

Sincerely,

Kristin Carter

Alex and Terra Hogstrom

Mount Shasta