On Tuesday July 31, your vote will count! Let’s send a message to DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb County School Board.
The referendum will state:
“Should the local or independent school system of DeKalb County or a charter school in DeKalb County place or operate a telecommunications tower on any elementary, middle, or high school property?”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. We have to win this vote. Start planning now — tell ten people a week from now until July 31. Everyone in DeKalb County can vote. Make plans to remind your contact list the Monday night before the vote! You must be registered to vote by July 2 in order to vote in the July 31 special referendum. For more information: http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/default.html
2. Get the vote out — mark you calendar. Polls are open 7am to 7pm. Download to your calendar by clicking this button –>
3. Get a yard sign AND add on top of it our new VOTE NO JULY 31 signage. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name & address and we’ll drop a sign off.
Our neighbors and other DeKalb County residents at the March 6 hearing on a bill to curb cell phone towers on school properties on HB 1197, being held up by the Georgia House Intragovernmental Coordination Committee. Read the rest of this entry »
February 27, 2012: DeKalb House Delegation met today at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building — where the Environmental Committee (including Rep. Drenner) presented their findings on cell phone towers. Rep. Drenner obtained the remaining signatures needed to support the introduction of the bill.
SUMMARY: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 20-2-600 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the leasing of public school property for private purposes authorized, so as to prohibit the leasing of certain public school property for the purpose of erecting telecommunications towers; to provide an effective date; to provide for applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Lawmakers today held a hearing on a proposal to ban cellphone towers from school property. State Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, plans to introduce legislation banning construction of the towers on school property.
Over fifteen neighbors attended from our Briarcliff Heights neighborhood, as well as concerned parents from MLK, Briarlake, and GET THE CELL OUT ATL. Dr. Drenner is well-versed in the area of radiation and its effects, understands that the lack of research today on cell tower radiation does not necessarily mean towers are safe — calling instead for precautionary measures in the placement of these towers so close to children in their developmental stages. Rep. Drenner has four post-graduate degrees and serves on several House committees related to this issue, including Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications; Health and Human Services; Natural Resources and Environment.
Thank you to Dr. Drenner for her immediate and quick action regarding this issue, and for sponsoring a bill in the House to address the placement of cell towers on school grounds!