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Town of Neenah approves controversial 150 ft cell tower

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Town of Neenah approves controversial 150 ft cell tower

By Deandra Corinthios. CREATED Aug 26, 2014

TOWN OF NEENAH, WI --A controversial cell tower approved in the Town of Neenah. The board voting 4 to 1 to Monday night to allow Cellcom to build it. But some neighbors are unhappy, vowing the fight isn't over.

The The town board approved a 25 year lease agreement with Cellcom that would bring the Town of Neenah about $375,000 over the next 25 years. But some neighbors say no amount of money is worth it.

"They want to be bullies," said Jim Schneider.

Schneider is upset a 150 foot cell tower was approved, saying it will go right in his backyard. His feelings are echoed by many others in the neighborhood, who posted signs in protest.

"It just doesn't make sense," said Schneider.

Cellcom plans to build the tower off Breezewood Lane, by the Town of Neenah's municipal complex. But Schneider says it'll be an eyesore and fears it will affect the environment.

"There's deer and wildlife over here all the time. That cell phone tower will be right there, above the tops of those trees," he said.

Some say they plan to boycott Cellcom at Packers games and at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. Cellcom says that's their right.

"We just move forward with the construction of the site as well as normal operations at the marathon or games or whatever the case may be," said Jim Leinau, Cellcom's VP of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer.

Cellcom says they looked at other sites in the area--but this one will allow for the best cell coverage.

"It was the best for our needs and the community needs," said Lienau.

As neighbors prepare to fight back, Cellcom is working on getting a permit. Construction should begin in the next few months.

The Town of Neenah's chairperson tells me the board took everyone's opinions into considerations but it was an offer they couldn't refuse. Each year the town will get $15,000, plus 15 percent of any rent Cellcom would receive from sub -leasing the tower.