Concerns raised about Summerland cell tower

Residents living near Little Conkle Mountain have raised their concerns about an additional antenna on a cellular tower near their homes.

Residents living near Little Conkle Mountain have raised their concerns about an additional antenna on a cellular tower near their homes.

Speaking to municipal council on Tuesday evening, Jeremy Denegar, Summerland’s director of corporate services, said the information about the additional antenna first came before municipal council in early March, but an open house was not held until Oct. 8.

Because the matter is between two cellular service providers, the open house was not organized through the municipality, Denegar said. Still, the municipality has received calls, letters and email messages about the additional antenna from residents concerned about the radiation from the tower.

Denegar said cellular tower radiation questions should be directed to Industry Canada, not the municipality.

“Everything is within the regulations,” he said. “It is an industry Canada matter.”

Coun. Peter Waterman said he has received calls from residents of the area who thought the notice about the meeting was not adequate.

“I’ve had calls from almost every resident up there,” he said.

Municipal administrator Tom Day said the municipality is not involved in decisions over the additional antenna.

“This is outside our jurisdiction and authority,” he said.