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Stan’s Skateland is still rocking & rolling in Montross

Stan’s Skateland is still rocking & rolling in Montross

Westmoreland County business-man Stan Schoppe spends much of each week working to preserve a part of...

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Twenty-nine local businesses made their annual visit to the Washington and Lee High School Career Fa...

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors of Girl Scout Troops 159 and 3212 in Westmoreland County met with Va...

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ten years ago, Barney Reiley, CEO of the Rappahannock Family YMCA group, met with the Caroline Count...

Weather has delayed the opening of new Westmoreland Judicial Center

Westmoreland County Executive Norm Risavi said this week that weather problems have delayed the open...

Showing their support

Showing their support

On Tuesday, March 10, 21 persons participated at the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office to have th...

 

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Proposed tower would deliver stronger signal

A new Verizon Wireless communications tower will be the subject of next month’s public hearings when the Westmoreland Planning Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. next Wednesday and the Supervisors conduct their land use business at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Both sessions will be held in A.T. Johnson auditorium.

Verizon Wireless is still in the process of installing its infrastructure in the service challenged jurisdiction whose low lying waterfront areas are difficult to reach. Weak signals in areas where service has already been made commercially available results in operational limitations, despite the infrastructure that already is in place.

The special exception application scheduled for hearing on Sept. 5 and 10 was brought by Patricia C. Lee of Currioman Road. The tower and support infrastructure would be installed on a 9.93-acre property described in the application as 4208 Stratford Hall Road near Stratford Hall and the Stratford Harbour subdivision. The parcel carries the county’s A-1, Agricultural zoning designation.

Verizon Wireless has proposed to install a tower that is 300 feet in height. The structure would be located in the property’s southwestern corner in an area that currently is wooded.

“There are two dwellings located elsewhere on the property,” County Planner Beth McDowell advised. She described the surrounding area as carrying the A-1 zoning designation as woods or fields, with “low-density residential lots across the road from the property.”

In preparation for the Sept. 5 public hearing, McDowell told the Planning Commissioners the application has been evaluated and the county’s Land Use Office has concluded that the proposed tower “would improve cellular coverage in an area of the county that currently has marginal service.”

In addition to the tower, the development proposal would include an eight-foot lightening rod antenna and other essential equipment that would be installed on the communications tower. A twelve by twenty-foot equipment shelter and a six by twelve-foot generator pad were included in the applicant’s proposal. If approved, the local government would reserve the right to add its own communications devices to the tower if such a need emerged at some later date.

“We believe this project has merit,” McDowell said. The application packet that includes aerial photographs and site plan designed by Clark-Nexsen dated April 2, 2012 can be reviewed by the public in the English Building’s Land Use Office.

 

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