Finding a Better Place for the Cell Phone Tower Letters to the Editor
On the cell tower proposed by AT&T in the play Cerrillos (“A Difficult Call to Cerrollis”, June 24), I will address two important omissions. The proposed location is within the boundaries of the Los Cerrillos Historic Mining District (New Mexico State’s National Register of Historic Places and Cultural Property since 1973). The placement of the tower there would degrade the unique historical value of this rural village and be permanently visible everywhere, as well as from the trails of Cerrillos Hills State Park and the distinctive mining landscape.
Second, the tower would negatively impact the view of the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Route (NM 14), degrading the nationally valued scenic quality of the region. The location of the tower is permanent; the destruction of the incomparable visual and historical quality of this place would be tragic. Cerrillos and the residents of the area are in dire need of cellphone access. Don’t put the tower there. Finding a suitable tour site is a challenge. But pushing through a bad solution is not the answer. Move it.
Inaction and procrastination characterize many politicians. These attributes are evident after reading Mayor Alan Webber’s My View (“A Way Forward on the Obelisk,” June 27). Webber said he didn’t make the rash decision to do nothing when the Plaza disruption began; instead, he consulted many people before deciding to do nothing. Don’t worry, a substantive discussion of the Obelisk issue and a rewarding solution will be found just before the election.
Certainly, the newspaper has the right to support a mobile phone tower in Cerrillos (“The mobile phone tower is a necessity,” Our View, June 28); but editors, you are not the subject matter experts. Only professional engineers licensed in New Mexico can certify that a proposed tower is necessary, conveniently located, and that its safety risks have been mitigated. Until the builder provides PE certified documents, Cerrillos must protect its citizens and ban the installation of the tower.
The National Fire Protection Association recognizes five hazards associated with electrical equipment (including cell towers): electrical contact, thermal effects, fault current, overcurrent, and overvoltage. When designing the tower, to ensure that it will not endanger life, health or property, a state-approved electrical PE must assess each hazard and certify that it has been mitigated. A state licensed professional structural engineer must also certify the structural integrity of the tower. Only then can a building permit be issued. To see cell phone towers that have collapsed and / or caught on fire, visit www.OurWeb.tech/fires-and-collapses.
Some of the hardest working people in our state live in Alamogordo, including many brave men and women who serve our country’s military at Holloman Air Force Base. Our White Sands National Park brought in $ 26 million in economic benefits to our state last year alone, and the Tularosa Basin is essential for agriculture and ranching.
Sam Pick suddenly standing next to his comment, “If you’ve only got one year to live, move to Alamogordo, and it would seem like an eternity,” shows that he does not respect the citizens of our state or l our country’s army (“Hmmm, Wasn’t Wrong About Alamogordo”, Letters to the Editor, June 27). Degrading other New Mexicans based on where they live shows why elitists like Mr. Pick do not belong to positions of power. Alamogordo works hard for New Mexico, and I’m proud to call him home.