Small cellular antenna for 5G cellphones, internet service displayed in place of the light pole in the Aurora neighborhood – CBS Denver
UPDATE: Maureen the homeowner received an update from Xcel Energy saying, “I was right and they are getting permission to move. You have no easement rights in front of my house. “
AURORA, Colorado. (CBS4)– Maureen Macarthur noticed some workers in the front yard of her house in Aurora on Monday, so she asked them what they were up to.
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“They said they were going to change the light pole,” Maureen says.
She went back to work at home and thought nothing of it. This light pole had stood at the end of her driveway for years, but when she left her house it was a very different scene from what she was used to.
“I came out and looked and I had that,” she says, pointing to a tall green metal lamp post with a wide base.
It’s still a light pole, but it’s also a small cellular antenna that is used for 5G cellphones and internet services, and it’s very different from the old post. For one thing, Maureen says, it’s much wider, which makes it difficult for her to get larger vehicles out of her driveway.
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“This thing has been a hindrance for my life,” says Maureen.
Maureen says she wanted to buy an RV and park it in her driveway because you can’t park her on the street in Aurora. Because of this tower, she will not get it into the driveway now and has given up this dream.
She wants the combination of tower and street lamp to be moved: “Even if you put it in the backyard, I would be fine with that.”
The city of Aurora says some of Maureen’s property is in the right of way, defined as 7 to 11 feet from the gully. CBS4’s Michael Abeyta helped Maureen measure how far the tower was from the end of the sidewalk. It landed anywhere between 9 and 11 feet depending on where the tower starts or ends.
The city also provided a letter sent to Maureen’s address confirming the installation of the small cell. Even so, Maureen feels that her rights as the owner have been violated and she wants the tower to be gone, but she doesn’t know if that will ever happen. She feels a little hopeless.
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“How do you fight? A single person fighting against a large company … I need help. “