Proposed Cell Tower Controversy Continues

A proposed cell phone tower continues to stir controversy in a Midtown Omaha neighborhood.

Some of those who live in the Hanscom Park neighborhood came out to the Field Club Clubhouse Thursday evening to hear about the tower that AT&T wants to build at 35th and Center.

The controversial tower site went before the city's planning board back in August.

Some residents opposed to the tower offered evidence at the meeting that they claim shows cell towers emit dangerous levels of radiation, especially for the schools in the neighborhood.

"I find it highly concerning that these kids are going to be in this radiation eight hours a day, five days a week," said Ashley Wilson, who lives less than 300 feet from the proposed tower site.

Sam Mandolfo, who represents the contractor planning to build the tower said the safety risk is minimal.

"We're looking at 100 watts," said Mandolfo. "A big light bulb essentially. It generates the same amount of energy. You probably get more energy walking by your microwave when it's running."

Opponents plan to offer a petition opposing the tower at the city planning board meeting December 5th.

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