Residents of St. Peters fight battle against planned cell phone tower

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 1:24 PM

 (KMOV) – An elderly woman is waging a battle against the city of St. Peters for a planned cell phone tower in her backyard.

A new state law that was pushed hard by cell phone companies was signed by Governor Nixon on Friday. The law basically takes away a lot of the power cities, counties and even states had to control where cell phone towers are put up.

News 4’s Matt Sczesny learned some local governments are planning to try and get control back.

“I’m just so upset about my home and everything we worked for here and the safety of the people,” Shirley Michael said of the tower.

Plans for a 90-foot cell phone tower and a support building have already cleared with St. Peters officials who didn’t seem to impressed with objections from Michael, 81, including her signed petitions.

“It’s such a small area and I’s so close to it and there are children around. We have a lot of elderly people in the subdivision and they go to the meetings and that’s why they don’t get involved,” Michaels added.

The new law passed in Missouri stripped governments of 18 things they used to cite to stop a new cell phone tower; such as suggesting other locations, or adding equipment to an existing tower.

The law has drawn objections across the state including the Missouri Municipal League and the St. Louis County Municipal League.

Opponents said there is very little anyone can do anymore to stop a cell tower from going up in their backyard.

News 4 St. Charles County

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