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The map to the left shows proposed towers as yellow triangles and existing towers as red circles. The tower in Shady Dale is existing and AT&T proposes to co-located an antenna on it.
American Tower owns the existing towers in Shady Dale and off Hodges Farm Rd. Another existing tower is located on Funderburg Dr. in the Monticello that the Development Authority recently sold to another company. The existing tower on Jackson Lake Rd. at Hwy 212 W is supposedly owned by Verizon. Southern Link owns the existing tower on Hwy 142 near Ross Rd.
The BOC will hold public hearings with final approval or denial at some named date. This meeting was going to take place on November 4th, but the ads in the paper were wrong and new dates and advertisements will have to take place.
Other information learned at the meeting:
- David Dyer was hired by the County (or his firm) to be the technical expert and consultant on the cell towers. (Please note–the BOC did not vote to have him do this on these eight towers in public meeting. No one can find a copy of the contract that was supposedly in force with Mr. Dyer and/or his company.) Mr. Dyer is also Executive Director of the Development Authority of Jasper County.
- The applicant (AT&T) had to set aside $8500 per tower for the consultant fees ($68,000). The county will pay the invoices out of the money put into escrow.
- The towers will be for cell tower service. They will be free standing, three-legged towers with no guyed wires.
- All proposed towers will be 300 feet tall.
- After approval the tower must be built within 6 months.
- There must be environmental impact and historic preservation reports for each tower.
- There will LED lighting with the side lights staying red all night long and not flashing.
Several people at the meeting were in favor of the towers; however, the proposed tower on Post Road had two neighboring property owners object. One lost his Verizon Wireless service when the tower on Hwy 142 was put in; between the Hwy 142 tower and the Shady Dale tower there was so much interference his service was canceled. The other property owner said their values would decrease and they could already see another tower from their back yard. The county ordinance says that if the antenna can be located on an existing tower, it has to be done rather than putting in another new cell tower.
Two commissioners, Trammell and Salmon, attended the P&Z hearings as well as the county manager.