C. Letellier wrote:I am going to say go for it. If it is going to happen anyway best that you profit rather than the neighbor
Isabelle Walter wrote:I understand the temptations.
Before deciding, I would encourage you to peruse the Environmental Health Trust website. There is a substantial volume of peer-reviewed, published research demonstrating harm to wildlife, the environment, and human health: https://ehtrust.org/
I have personally recovered from long-term radiation sickness. I did not realize for more than two decades it was playing a role in my chronic health conditions until I changed my life to distance myself from it. This was after many years and much expense in the medical system. I now sleep through the night after 20+ years of severe insomnia. My neurovascular conditions, skin rashes, cardiac arrhythmias, and GI inflammation also went into remission. My cat showed positive improvements as well.
Residents in Pittsfield, MA have been fighting a cell tower that became operational in 2020 after countless residents became sick. It is VERY difficult to remove a tower once it's been installed, as the company will likely fight back with powerful litigation teams of their own. Also, residents closest to the tower said they did not even benefit from increased coverage, as the umbrella of cell reception went over their homes. They may have been closer than what you are considering, but I wanted to share as food for thought.
More info on that case: https://ehtrust.org/cease-and-desist-order-against-verizon-cell-tower-by-board-of-health-pittsfield-ma/
From the article, "The negative health symptoms the affected residents have reported include complaints of headaches, sleep problems, heart palpitations, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, nausea, skin rashes, and memory and cognitive problems, among other medical complaints.
“The evidence presented to the Board includes well over one thousand peer-reviewed scientific and medical studies which consistently find that pulsed and modulated RFR has bio-effects and can lead to short- and long-term adverse health effects in humans…Credible, independent peer-reviewed scientific and medical studies show profoundly deleterious effects on human health, including but not limited to: neurological and dermatological effects; increased risk of cancer and brain tumors; DNA damage; oxidative stress; immune dysfunction; cognitive processing effects; altered brain development, sleep and memory disturbances, ADHD, abnormal behavior, sperm dysfunction, and damage to the blood-brain barrier.”
Regardless of your decision, here are some helpful resources for anyone seeking to mindfully lower their exposures to Electromagnetic Radiation and Wireless Radiofrequency Radiation: https://ehtrust.org/resources-to-share/printable-resources/
Incorporating those changes has made a world of difference for my health. Best of luck to you all.
Bryan Elliott wrote:$14K-$18k a year is pretty good "mailbox money" on top of getting electric power brought to your land. No light on top is a bonus. I'd do it in a heartbeat (but that doesn't mean it's a great idea)! It might be farther from where you want to build your house than it would be if placed on a neighbor's land. Lot's to think about but at least it's your decision and not someone else getting to decide.
Cristo said, "When a major company puts some of their electronics on your property they get a legal right-of-way that gives them access to the property no matter what. You might be shocked at what is included in a right-of-way. You'd better look into it.
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:I walked a friend's average recently. They have high powered lines across the back. I didn't really notice them as I was looking for edibles. I became aware of growing anxiety, thoughts bouncing around. Total loss of concentration. I began to look around... then up. Hmmm.... The anxiety dissipated 100 feet away. Now I know I would not buy a property with high power lines.
I suggest that you find a cell tower and stand real close to it to find out if you react to it.
Steve Fammerton wrote:A couple of negative aspects of cel towers I know of.
I used to work with some guys in the cel tower industry they all told me about the older guys(late 30s-40s) in the industry were getting brain cancer. Being close to the towers is not good for people. Also each time they change the technology 4G,5G,,, it is different waves with unknown hazards to the human body. In the future 10-20 years these towers will probably have satellites. Satellites can have some very intense radioactivity. When I installed small ones they always stressed -Do not stand in front or near them when they are active-, this was coming from rednecks. I have heard or people who worked around large ones that would toss eggs in front of them a laugh about them being cooked in a few seconds.
The resale value will be greatly diminished. I know you said your “forever” place but odds are and you never know. The leases are usually 99-years(or some other long-term length) non-transferable. That makes these properties very hard to sell. Not many people want a property with a chunk they cannot own that is emitting radioactive stuff.
As you mentioned earlier you will have to sign off 24/7 access to this part of your/their property.
Also you will find many negative dealings people have had with cel/tower companies. Not getting paid, difficulty getting paid, changing terms, etc. When the tower companies have mergers, sell, go bankrupt you are left with more uncertainty from who ever takes control of the contract you are trapped into.
Just a couple of thought from what I have heard about people dealing with this.
Cristo Balete wrote:One more thought, if you do decide to do it, it's only fair that the amount they pay for leasing that spot increases over the years the same way rent would increase. You can negotiate that contract, you shouldn't have to take it exactly the way they give it to you. So ask for an increase every few years....run it by an attorney for a couple hundred dollars and see what their legal eyes notice.
If you have a primo location in their eyes, then you've got them over a barrel. If they won't negotiate, if they don't have terms that are good for you in the long run, better to find out about it now.
The starting lease offer from the telecommunications company would be in the ballpark of $14-18k yearly for a 20 or 30 year lease with an adjustment every 5 years for inflation. They would cover the increase in property taxes.