374 Clifton Road - Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce transitional south side yard setback from required 20 ft to 2.5 ft. and reduce north side yard setback from required 5ft to 2ft for a new SFR.
From Master Plan Coordinating Committee Chair Randy Pimsler: The committee will hold a kickoff meeting on 7 pm, Monday, March 3, at the Epworth Methodist Church. Introductions and general planning will be the primary agenda items, at this time.
Cellphone antennas inside a new, taller Epworth Methodist Church steeple could be completed and operational in as little as six months, according to the contractor who’s representing AT&T on the deal.
But the telephone giant is taking the process more slowly now that some community members have expressed concern about the facility, said Carolyn Gould, project manager for RETEL Services, a company that navigates siting and regulatory issues for cell antennas.
Gould agreed to appear with AT&T officials at a CPNO monthly meeting to answer questions and receive input, but the date for that appearance hasn't yet been set.
“If it can work out, it can be beautiful,” she said of the project. She argued that the Epworth antennas would improve cell coverage within Candler Park, while at the same time relying on relatively low power and also being placed inside a tower that would be architecturally consistent with the existing church. “If you’re moving into a home and you have five bars of coverage, and you can’t see an antenna nearby ... I cannot imagine that not being a benefit.”
374 Clifton Road - Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce transitional south side yard setback from required 20 ft to 2,5 ft. and reduce north side yard setback from required 5ft to 2ft for a new SFR.
Claims that cell towers pose dire health risks have very little basis in medical science, according to the American Cancer Society.
In response to a request for more information about a planned antenna installation at Epworth United Methodist Church, the Rev. Lisa Dempsey e-mailed a Cancer Society information sheet on the topic. Among other things, the information sheet says:
Some people have expressed concern that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. At this time, there is very little evidence to support this idea.
The entire information sheet can be read here. A Federal Communications Commission information sheet on the same topic says much of the same thing.
Epworth's plans have spurred a brushfire of questions about the project in Candler Park over the last couple of days. Many of those questions came from members of the Epworth community who expressed concern that they only learned of plans for the facility through rumors. Dempsey said in an email this evening she's been unable to respond to questions because she's been attending a retreat.
Epworth United Methodist Church has signed a lease to allow AT&T to place cellphone antennas inside a steeple near the corner of Mell and McLendon avenues, according to church officials.
It's unclear whether the antennas would be housed inside the church's current steeple, although it does appear that the existing structure would have to be extended or a new, taller one would be built to meet cell antenna specifications. We're still trying to find out more about prospective timing of the project, as well as whether the facility will require permiting or any other type of public action.
In response to an email from Candler Park resident Kate Sandhaus, the Rev. Lisa Dempsey copied the following note, which had been addressed "To our community":
Epworth UMC at Candler Park was approached by AT & T to be a site for a cellular service. The Trustees and I have spent a good bit of time defining an agreement and paying close attention to the aesthetics of the installation. The cellular antennae will be concealed within the steeple. We have indeed just signed a lease in furtherance of that process. Epworth is committed to this for the benefit of both the church and the community as it will greatly enhance the service and communications (i.e. wireless security systems and 911 responses) for our neighborhood. We hope you will join us in the appreciation of how this installation will allow for a reliable service that will enhance our community life together.
Reverend Lisa Dempsey, Pastor
Trustees Chair, Jim Pelot
Epworth's plan took Candler Park neighbors by surprise. In email and phone messages over the last two days, several parents of children who attend pre-school at Epworth said they hadn't been told about the project but were hearing rumors; they asked CPNO board members to provide information.
(UPDATE: Dempsey responds with more information about cell antennas.)
The only confirmed information I've been able to obtain so far came in the form of Dempsey's e-mail to Sandhaus, on which Sandhaus had copied me. In a followup response, Dempsey wrote:
I am not in a place to provide specs, but generally, the community should not expect anything but better service. Our steeple will be higher, but visually, the new way of doing things is to put all antennae inside the steeple, so the presenting appearance is a church steeple. Some equipment will be on the property behind a brick wall (gated and secured) that will match the building brick.
I've been unable to reach Dempsey or Pelot today via email, but will let you know as we get more information.
CPNO members interrogated three politicians, appointed our Master Plan Coordinating Committee, scarfed down a stack of pizzas, guzzled several bottles of wine, and tackled a series of other issues during Monday’s night’s monthly meeting.
DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon and state Senate candidate Elena Parent are each appearing at tonight's CPNO General Meeting at the Old Stone Church (470 Candler Park Drive).
Gannon (right) — one of two DeKalb commissioners to represent Candler Park — is coming to get feedback on her proposals to reform DeKalb County government. As you may know, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been indicted on corruption charges, and there's a lot of noise in DeKalb about the county's governing challenges.
Parent, a Democrat from Decatur, is one of three people (that I know of) who already are running for the seat that state senator (and CP resident) Jason Carter plans to give up this year to run for governor. We'll try to get other candidates to CPNO meetings in time for the May primary.
Also on the agenda: CPNO-Trees Atlanta tree planting March 22, Master Plan Coordinating Committee nominees, the CP Music & Food Festival (formerly Midsummer Music) Festival, and many more fast-moving, fun-packed topics for your enjoyment!
We all love to rank good (and bad) movies. Right? Well, here’s a chance to rank the movies that we as a neighborhood get to view for free in Candler Park at Movie Night 2014.
Friends of Candler Park (which puts on the Movie Night series) has invited members of Candler Park Neighborhood Organization (which is Movie Night’s lead sponsor) to rate movies via this quick survey. The results will go into the selection of features to be shown on seven Saturday evenings in the park this spring and summer. The series kicks off April 19, with an Earth Day feature.
The survey’s quick and fun (and you can just check “no opinion” for the films you know nothing about).
But FOPC does need these survey results very quickly. So please, take the survey now — we need to get the results by the end of this week.