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Couple Files Lawsuit Over Cell Phone Tower

A Penn Valley Couple has filed a lawsuit against Verizon, NID, and the County for approving a Cell Phone Tower to be built 20 feet from their property line.  Peter Lockyer and Juliet Erickson say the county gave approval for the 48 foot cell tower under a variance that should not have been allowed.

“There are a lot of issues around it. The key one is that the county has actually approved a variance. In other words, it’s going to be 20 feet from our property line, this tower and they have approved it and it benefits Verizon without demonstrating a hardship for the property owner who is NID.”

The tower is to be built on property owned by NID for water storage and version will lease a part of it to build the tower.  Lockyer and Erickson claim this is a classic David and Goliath fight. Lockyer says Verizon’s out of town representatives came into Nevada County and pushed through a plan that violates the law.  The final variance and approval for the cell phone tower passed on a 4 to 1 vote by the Board of Supervisors with Supervisor Terry Lamphier Voting no.

  Calls by KNCO to County Council and to Supervisor Hank Weston who represents the district have so far not been returned.

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July 10, 2013


What if locked into a lease? Almost at end,is a mobile home..,REALLY not being able to see tower for trees,but at 200 feet away....landlord never advized us of being there or it was a concern...ever since being here gave had numerous surgeries,fatigue,confusion,deepression etc....people suIcide(several,one severe dimentia,one pnuemonia,one hart attack in four years..disabled lady at corner 100 feet away....lady on end,no one can get along with her.Elderly couple left that had pace maker problems.We are concerned,snd hsve done some research on EMRs,LAST 3.5 YEARS WEVE BEEN HERE...WE are on a lease to buy option of 4 years ending in feb 2014...Can anyone advize of what to do to get it checked>>??? mhgrz s EMRS etc.,....Particular Landlord would retaliate by making orders and such,as they have done here for a few that have recieved BOGUS agreements,some have moved because they've gotten nothing at all.Is there Anyone?? I am in disability mode as well,fiancee works,I am here bout 24/7 unless seeing doc or other.These landlords own another park in town as well.,but that one has no tower ,just up here where it cant hardly be seen.Place just learned used to be called "Death Hill"....we are scared crapless!!! 317 641 1150 812 360 5505

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