The village of Kenilworth plans to erect at least one cell tower on village property. The site for the tower is adjacent to residential areas of Kenilworth and Winnetka and is approximately 500 feet from the Joseph Sears School and 650 feet from New Trier High School. A group of residents in the neighborhood surrounding the project are concerned and outraged that these plans have been made without a full, fair and impartial investigation and evaluation of the potential health risks and negative impact on property values of houses located in the vicinity of the proposed cell tower.
The residents have formed a group, Better CELLution Kenilworth. “In 1896, Kenilworth founder Joseph Sears dubbed our bucolic village “The Tuxedo of Chicago.” This proposed monopole flies in the face of his vision. Neighboring towns and villages are adopting small cell and DAS networks. We are not willing to accept this retrograde eyesore when more advanced technology has not even been explored”, said Eileen MacDonald, a long time Kenilworth resident.
The group has hired attorney Thomas J. Ramsdell. Mr. Ramsdell, considered a tough and tenacious lawyer, has successfully fought for citizens land rights in Chicago, Evanston and other cities and towns in the area. “Our group has the wherewithal, the resilience and the resources for this battle. If necessary, we will fight this all the way”, said Jim Radler, a Winnetka resident, whose home is 200 ft from the proposed tower site.
Kenilworth is a small village of 2500 residents situated picturesquely on the shores of Lake Michigan. Many in the area question why such a small village, which prides itself on its aesthetic appeal, would need a 150 ft tower. The proposed tower would be the tallest of its kind from Evanston to Kenosha. “Kenilworth should be at the forefront of these issues, evaluating and implementing thoughtful and environmentally friendly solutions—not something as ugly and obtrusive as this proposed tower,” said Steve Close, a Kenilworth resident.
The group, Better CELLution Kenilworth, has launched a website, www.BetterCELLutionkenilworth.com, and also plans a vigorous public relations campaign to voice its opposition.