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Verizon Cell Tower Gets Green Light by Planning Commission

web posted May 9, 2014

EDGEFIELD A Public Hearing was held Thursday night by the Edgefield County Planning Commission on the installation of a 310 foot cell tower to be located just off Five Notch Road behind Copeland Circle in Merriwether. Only six people attended the hearing and only half spoke to voice an opinion.

Of the three that spoke, none were against the tower being placed. One, Jim Hopkins, who owns a number of adjoining properties he felt more suitable for the tower, argued that tanker trucks on the property the tower is being proposed created unneeded dangers. He felt one of his properties was more suitable to locate the tower.

Although the tower is to be located far less than 310 feet from any bordering property, the company spokesperson stated that the design of the tower will cause it to collapse within an area for 55 feet. The tower can also, by design, withstand winds of 90 mph.

The company has also agreed to allow a repeater for the Edgefield County Fire Departments channel to be placed on the tower for free. The county would have to pay for installation and upkeep of the repeater, which will improve communications from firefighters radios in the area.

Following the public hearing the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the permit for the tower to be installed. Barring anyone appealing the decision to the County Council, the installation of the tower will get underway shortly.

Planning Commission to hold Public Hearing on Installation of Cell Phone Tower in Merriwether
web posted May 5, 2014

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