Neighbors of Martin Luther College met last week to hear about plans by Verizon Wireless to build a cell phone tower on the college campus, not far from their homes on Woodland Drive. As one would expect, no one is wild about the idea of seeing a 120-foot tower through their windows, and some are truly concerned about the impact this might have on their property values.
It's an example, once again, of modern life and community living intruding on individual rights. We want electricity in our homes, so we have to put up with power lines. We want running water, so we have to have water towers. Everyone wants good cell phone service, so we need cell towers, whether they are in town or towering over the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The question is, how do we do this without making the neighbors mad? We have neighbors of Nehls Park in New Ulm complaining about the putting a water tower there in place of the outgoing Hermann Heights tower. The same tower holds the Verizon equipment now, and so the need arises to build a new tower.
Last week's meeting with neighbors was a good start. We hope it will lead to adjustments in the building plan that will accommodate the concerns of those who will have to live close to the tower.