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Monday, April 4, 2016

Cell Tower Malfunction at Riggs Park in Fort Thomas Becomes Nuisance to Residents

The lights at the top of the cell tower in Riggs Park are malfunctioning. FTM file. 
Residents near Riggs Park, near the corner of West Southgate and Rosemont, have been getting an unsolicited wakeup call over the last few weeks.

The light mechanism on the cell tower located within the park, at 1980 Memorial Parkway, has been malfunctioned and has been keeping residents awake at night. The light, which usually blinks red during the night and white during the day, has been blinking white all night and shining in windows.

The cell tower is owned by Cincinnati SMSA Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of AT&T.

"I never even noticed any light on the cell phone tower prior to (two weeks ago), but since then, the light shines directly into our bedroom window even though our home is about 800 feet from the tower.  It is very bright and disturbing," said Steve Schilling, a resident on Rosemont Ave.

He said that he's talked to others, some who live as as far away as Winding Way and E. Southgate who are also being disturbed. Schilling estimates those distances as close to 2,000 feet.

"Given the height of the tower and the excessively bright light that apparently has been recently installed, this issue affects many residents in the area, and I wouldn’t be surprised if others have already contacted the city about it," he said.

They have, according to City Administrative Officer, Ron Dill.

"We have reached out to representatives for the property so I think we should be able to have it resolved quickly," he said. "I was not aware of a recent change at that location and would not expect that this (owner of tower) is obligated to contact the city for maintenance or replacement of the light on their tower. That being said, obviously if they make a substantive change to this property that adversely effects our residents, we would certainly like to be notified and assist in any way possible."

According to the Fort Thomas General Services Department, the AT&T subsidiary is aware of the problem and are in the process of fixing it, but it could possibly take until April 8th to do so.

To make a complaint, you can call 1-800-638-2822 and the repair ticket number is #51185503.

In October 2014, the same company proposed to put another cell tower near Broadview Lane, amid protests from local residents there.

"Please consider how the cell tower's presence will have negative effects on property values, neighborhood views and are area aesthetics," said Cindy Loos, a resident of Broadview at the October 2014 council meeting.

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