A group of Mount Shasta residents who banded together last year to keep a cell tower out of their neighborhood say they're “relieved” that T-Mobile has withdrawn it application, but they will remain watchful.

A group of Mount Shasta residents who banded together last year to keep a cell tower out of their neighborhood say they're "relieved" that T-Mobile has withdrawn it application, but they will remain watchful.

Raven Stevens, who is part of the Gateway Neighborhood Association and Citizens for Responsible Cell Tower Placement, said she was happy to hear about the withdrawal and even happier to hear the recently installed Rainbow Ridge monopine may be providing adequate coverage for the area without another tower.

Siskiyou County Deputy Director Greg Plucker confirmed T-Mobile's application was withdrawn on May 7.

Plucker said it's his understanding that after a 140 foot "monopine" cell tower was installed on Rainbow Ridge, T-Mobile's "actual operational perimeters" indicated there is sufficient coverage in the area without the proposed 90 foot tower on Butte Street near Everitt Memorial Highway.

Citizens brought forward concerns

The process to build the Butte Street tower facility had been in a holding pattern since July of last year. At that time, the county asked T-Mobile for additional information such as revised coverage maps, a co-location analysis, an alternative site analysis, revised development plans, a noise analysis and photo simulations, as well as landscaping, lighting and storm water drainage plans to ensure the originally recommended Mitigated Negative Declaration evaluated all potential impacts.

The concerns cited by the planning department were brought forward by residents of the area, who were also successful in urging the Mount Shasta City Council to oppose the tower in a resolution sent to the planning commission last year.

Stevens said even though the application has been withdrawn, the group will continue to monitor for new application permits which could be filed with the county at any time. She hopes the companies will find coverage is good enough as is.

"Driving from here to Medford, I see towers going up all over the place," said Stevens. "We hope to keep new towers out of the city and away from schools and neighborhoods."

Stevens said the group isn't "anti anything" but instead wants to care for its neighborhood and the town of Mount Shasta.

"We enjoy the atmosphere here. We think what we have is precious, and that will draw people to us. People who want to get away from all the cell towers in the city," she said.

Now that they don't have to concentrate on fighting the proposed tower, Stevens said the group has planned a Railroad Clean-up Day for Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All are invited to join them.

The group plans to clean the spur railroad track area west and east along the trails at the disc golf park area. They plan to haul the trash they pick up to the dump.

They plan to meet at the parking area at the railroad tracks and Everitt Memorial Highway at 1 p.m. sharp.

Those who attend are asked to bring $2 (if possible) to contribute to the dump fee, work gloves, and a trash bag.

Contact Raven Stevens at 926-4339 with questions.

"We want to keep our neighborhood clean and looking nice, and we are willing to do this to make it happen," she said.