Appeals board delays vote on phone tower Cellular One seeks to build near school

June 25, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Carroll school officials and Winfield residents, citing health and other concerns, yesterday opposed Cellular One's plans for a 200-foot tower near Winfield Elementary School.

Cellular One of Washington and Baltimore has asked the county Board of Zoning Appeals to allow the company to build a 200-foot tower and an equipment building at 4416 Salem Bottom Road. Mobile telephone communications towers are allowed as conditional uses.

Cellular One wants to lease the site from Charles and Dianna Coon. But the board continued the hearing until 9:30 a.m. July 28 because of concerns that the proposed lease might jeopardize an existing conditional use at the site.

The Coons are allowed to store contractor's equipment on the three-acre site -- the minimum acreage required for storage facilities under county zoning law -- as a conditional use in an agricultural area. Cellular One wants to use about 2,500 square feet for its operations.

The board approved Cellular One's request to build a 150-foot tower at 6271 Oakland Mills Road in Sykesville. There was no opposition to that request.

Jeff Owens, real estate manager for Cellular One, told the three-member board that the company needs the towers to better serve its Carroll customers. He said the company's business grew by about 40 percent last year.

Ms. Garber and other residents said the tower would be more appropriate in industrial areas.

Vernon F. Smith Jr., Carroll's director of school support services, said the county Board of Education opposes the tower because of its proximity to Winfield Elementary School and because of health concerns about radiation emissions from electromagnetic fields.

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