The town of Cedarburg Plan Commission opted not to take action to approve a 120-foot cell tower on Cedar Creek Road at the March 15 meeting.
The proposal for the cell tower was first introduced to the town last spring by real estate company Eco-Site, who wished to move the T-Mobile cell tower from its current location near the Grafton water tower to the Cedar Creek Road property owned by Scott and Patricia Akerlund.
However, a group of nearby residents collectively known as Citizens Opposing the Akerlund Tower (COAT) have vehemently opposed moving the tower. COAT members attended the March 15 public hearing in order to voice their opinions.
"The group's main concerns have been that the tower would decrease property value and damage the surrounding environment," said Town Administrator Tim Rhode.
The town of Cedarburg has only 90 days to deny the proposal before it is automatically approved. Wisconsin state statutes allow for the moving and building of cell towers with little impediment from local governments, although an amendment proposed by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) would give municipalities the ability to oppose these towers.
Last spring, the COAT group posted a large sign near the property urging the community to oppose the cell tower. Phone numbers for the Akerlunds and Eco-Site were written on the sign so that people could call and voice their displeasure.