The Motorola APX 6000 and 8000 hand-held terminals being deployed as part of the new system are much more sensitive than the current system’s equipment. The base station is planned at 50 watts ERP (effective radiated power). Along with almost doubling the number of towers in Orange County (from 8 to now 15), the coverage has drastically improved. The current location of the tower is already the highest in the area. Adding another 30 to 50 feet over a roughly 1,300-foot ridge does almost nothing to improve reach to the low-lying areas behind a neighboring ridge (see attached report for technical analysis).
Even with the current structure’s height of 130 feet, there should be virtually no dead areas once the new radio equipment is deployed due to its improved transmit power and sensitivity. Assuming there are indeed some areas without coverage, the analysis shows that deploying repeaters is a much cheaper and more effective solution for providing better coverage for low-lying areas.
Residents have been asking county representatives for weeks for the simulation results based on the new equipment and additional of towers being put in place. So far, they are withholding this technical data from residents.
WHY WOULD THE COUNTY BUILD A TOWER HIGHER THAN NEEDED?
There are only two scenarios possible for why the county forced this project on the Town of Mount Hope:
1) The county knew that a 200-foot tower was not needed for the new EMS radio system, and built it anyway for unpublished reasons;
2) They did not do the necessary studies to measure coverage, and were guessing at the actual requirement.
In either scenario, this project irresponsibly spent a huge amount of funds. It will damage the Town of Mount Hope's ridge line, quality of life, and property values unnecessarily.
We ask directly that Mr. Steven Neuhaus intervene, answer the questions about the radio coverage analysis, and adjust the tower's plans to limit the height to the current structure's height of 130 feet. If this step is not taken, and later it is further proven unnecessary, the cost to dismantle the unnecessary tower height will be on these specific county leaders for not taking steps sooner.
WHAT RESIDENTS DEMAND
The county cannot hide behind EMS as the reason for this tower and its height. It is clearly not needed to achieve full coverage for EMS, and those in charge have not been forthright with residents about what is being built and the real reason it is taller than the new EMS communication system requires.