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Neighbors protest plans for cell tower in Elmdale

Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-15 23:50:42-05

CAMPBELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A group of people in a small Ionia County town are concerned with plans to build a cell tower in their neighborhood.

A public notice in the Ionia Sentinel-Standard caught the eye of neighbors last month.

The notice detailed a proposal to build a 225-foot cell tower on the property of the Elmdale Church of Nazarene, right across the road from Paul Seese’s home.

“Community input, health safety, there’s a lot of different factors here, and we don’t get an opportunity to voice our opinion,” Seese said.

Seese and a handful of neighbors are concerned with the plans, citing the potential eyesore, lower property values and the close proximity to homes.

A lot of info about the project is still unknown.

Campbell Township has no ordinance that would prevent the building of the tower, or even require local government approval.

The group protesting its construction, knows the church is well within their rights to allow the structure, but they are still hoping the church reconsiders.

“We are not against the church in any way. It’s just a matter of is there another solution that the tower could be moved and still achieve the same outcome, whatever that actually is,” Seese said.

FOX 17 News reached out to the church and their pastor on Friday, but have not heard back.

The application to build the cell tower is still pending with the FCC.

“The church has made a decision on something that impacts the entire community for life, with zero community input and that just doesn’t sit well with us, and we would really like them to sit down with us, and discuss it and look for a better outcome with less impact,” Seese said.