CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) - People in Corrales thought they had won the battle to keep a cell phone tower out of their neighborhood, but they are now learning AT&T has filed a lawsuit against their village.
AT&T wants to put up a 65-foot tall cell phone tower just down the street from an elementary school and dozens of homes.
The company says it will help fill a major gap in cell coverage while neighbors say it will just be a major eyesore.
"It is a scenic area to begin with, and the last thing we want is a 68-70 foot tall cell phone tower here in our vicinity,” said neighbor Don Martin.
And he is not the only concerned neighbor.
The village has stacks of letters and emails from residents against it, saying the village shouldn't make an exception for AT&T and allow them to exceed the 26-foot height limit imposed on other buildings in the area.
"A 26-foot limit is generally acceptable to get a tower high enough to communicate within the village certainly,” said John Avila, the village administrator.
The Corrales Planning and Zoning Commission denied AT&T’s request in April, and the village council denied it on appeal in July.
So, AT&T is taking its plan and the village to court.
In a complaint, it alleges the village decision goes against a federal law that prohibits local regulation of the provision of personal wireless services.
“You know, we'll load up and go back to court with them then because we don't want that in our neighborhood,” Martin said.
The village administrator said he is still waiting to receive official notice of the lawsuit before the village decides on the next move.
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