Lake County Coverage

Dec 9, 2010 12:09 AM by Allyson Weller (KPAX News)

New Polson cell phone tower raises questions

POLSON - Construction has already started on a new cell tower that's going up just outside of Polson.

Verizon says it will help service in Lake County and the south shore of Flathead, but some local home owners have questions about the placement of the new cell tower which is going up on the south shore of Flathead Lake.

They want to know if it will decrease their property values, but they say that Verizon isn't giving them any answers.

The head of the View Point Homeowners Association, Jim Blodgett, says that it's not just the tower that's the problem, but the lack of communication and care from Verizon.

He says they've had questions about the project, and are getting no answers from Verizon. "They will not communicate with us because they think that they can do what they want and have their way and it's not right."

Verizon Spokesperson, Bob Kelley, says he's only heard from two upset homeowners.

He said Verizon, "regrets not being able to satisfy the concerns of those homeowners" but "at the end of the day, they have to look at the thousands of customers who expect quality service."

The homeowners we talked with say they have a petition with over 30 people who want answers and hope to stop the tower from being built.

Kelley says that Verizon has invested around $226 million in recent years strictly to improve cell phone coverage in Montana and added that the Polson tower will greatly enhance cell coverage in the area and will also aid with emergency response by first responders.

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