Mayor asks companies to reconsider tower site

October 17, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

In letters to two companies that would lease space on a telecommunications tower planned for the outskirts of Sykesville, Mayor Jonathan Herman called the structure "a 200-foot exclamation mark in the sky."

"It will alert all those who come to the area of the encroaching development and lack of thoughtful planning," the mayor wrote to Cellular One and Bell Atlantic in letters dated Wednesday.

At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, during the county Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the town will again protest the tower, which West Shore Communications plans to build on conservation-zoned land on Hollenberry Road.

The Odenton-based company would lease space on the tower to several communications companies. The county broke a long-standing agreement with the town when it failed to give Sykesville a voice in site-plan approval for the tower.

The county backtracked and gave the town 30 days to formulate its opinion on the site plan.

While developing a resolution detailing its opposition, the town Planning and Zoning Commission asked the mayor to make a final plea to the companies responsible for the tower.

"I appreciate the need for additional communication towers in our area," the mayor wrote. "However, this town and its residents are dismayed by the lack of sensitivity and good judgment shown in selecting this site in an environmental conservation area."

Mr. Herman said the town would welcome telecommunications towers, if the companies were willing to consider more suitable sites.

"Our Planning Commission is aware of at least two such alternative locations, which have the siting you require," he wrote, but he did not identify the alternatives.

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