October 13, 2021 – Town of Erin, WI – To the Washington County Board of Supervisors and whom it may concern:
We thank you for allowing us to express our concerns regarding the placement of a communication tower adjacent to our residential property at the corner of Highways 167 and 83 in the beautiful Town of Erin.
We were unaware of this potential until very recently but would not have purchased the recently subdivided property zoned R5 if we had known or suspected. Our search for residential property went on for more than two years to find a site with pristine rolling hills and no transmission lines or other towers in sight. We found Erin fit the bill and included a view of historic Holy Hill as well.
Now we are imploring you to avoid scattering this type of infrastructure around the countryside and instead, locate it near the existing tower that has been servicing the Sheriff’s needs. The site being discussed tonight has been described to us as ‘as far south as it can be located to serve the need.’
Sheriff Martin Schulties has indicated to us that he is in favor of the ‘first’ site north of Erin on Thompson which has been described to us as the ‘gravel pit.’ From a geographical standpoint, this location has proven to meet the needs and would seemingly impose no additional impact to local residents as there is already a tower at that site.
We look to you as our elected officials to consider the implication to us if the tower were to be erected at our property. We could expect to suffer financial loss of some magnitude.
The impact to the curb appeal would be obvious and detrimental to the property value. Furthermore, while potential health risks are controversial, many people perceive that they exist, and would avoid purchasing this property. This would reduce the pool of potential buyers and very likely impact the value. To whom would we look, in order to recover such a loss?
Please locate this tower at the original site or alternate sites that already accommodate such infrastructure. Please vote no tonight regarding this land purchase.
Frank and Linda Bailey
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