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Neighbors not saluting 7-story 'flagpole'

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Folks in an Illinois community say the 75-foot-tall cell phone tower disguised as a flag pole and planned for a local park isn't going to fool anyone.

Neighbors around Ken Bird Park in Crystal Lake are rallying to oppose the plan to erect the giant flagpole that is actually a T-Mobile cell tower.

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"I don't know many flagpoles that are seven stories," resident Ron Eberle told the Chicago Tribune. "That's kind of insulting to us."

The Tribune said complaints have focused on the aesthetics of the structure as well as the possibility of harmful radiation.

T-Mobile said it needs the tower to handle increasing demand for wireless communications, and is ready to pay the town $2,000 a month to lease the modest 600-square foot site.

The city council will take up the matter in January.

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