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June 1, 1995
A communications company will ask a county hearing officer today for permission to build a 250-foot-tall cellular phone tower off Mountain Road.The proposal by West Shore Communications Inc. would exceed county regulations governing height, buffer area and property setback.Neighbors met Tuesday night with Del. John R. Leopold to discuss their concerns and said they will raise the same issues at the hearing.West Shore Communications also has pending before the county Board of Appeals a request for a 250-foot-tall communications tower next to the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department on Davidsonville Road.
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February 5, 1999
AS THE only jurisdiction in the Baltimore area operating with a cap on property taxes, Anne Arundel County needs all the revenue it can get, its officials often say. So why didn't they negotiate more favorable leases for telecommunications antennas on county property?As The Sun's Laura Sullivan reported this week, the terms of county leases vary greatly. In 14 of 15 leases for telecommunications towers, the county charges companies a rates that vary from $4,500 to almost $40,000 annually.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1997
The state prosecutor is investigating allegations that the chairman of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp. helped steal a business idea for a company in which he holds a financial interest.Jay I. Winer, a Crofton developer, is chairman of the board of the county-funded agency that provides loans to new business ventures. He is also a director of West Shore Communications, a local company that owns radio towers.Two Annapolis entrepreneurs say they went to the development agency last year for help in building a network of microwave towers that would improve cellular telephone links to the Eastern Shore.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
Anne Arundel County officials, including County Councilman John J. Klocko III, have called for a speedy and full accounting of all leases the county has handed out for cellular phone towers.An article in The Sun yesterday about two politically connected businessmen granted a lucrative tower lease far different from the county's standard lease -- that could bind the county until 2016 -- prompted criticism from several officials and vows that no sweetheart deals should be allowed."This sounds like the good-old-boys network in full force," said Democratic Del. Joan Cadden.
NEWS
By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | June 2, 1995
An Anne Arundel County hearing examiner tried to appease angry Pasadena residents yesterday by trying to find alternatives to a 225-foot mobile communications tower proposed for the area.At least a dozen angry Chesterfield and Westwood Manor residents protested an application for a special exception and a variance application that was submitted by West Shore Communications Co. The exceptions would let the company build the tower behind the Eastern District police station on Mountain Road.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer | December 16, 1994
The Crofton Civic Association has joined the fight against a 300-foot cellular telephone tower proposed for a site next to the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department on Route 424.West Shore Communications Inc., of Odenton, wants to build the tower on 2 acres next to the fire station, along with two small storage buildings and two parking spaces. The firm would rent tower space to cellular phone companies that want to plug gaps in their coverage areas.But West Shore Communications must first get county zoning permission, called a special exception, for the tower, which is considered a public utility.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | March 7, 1995
The Carroll County Commissioners are searching for alternative sites for a telecommunications tower in South Carroll.The board met in closed session yesterday with Sykesville officials and West Shore Communications, the contractor for a cellular telephone tower proposed for Hollenberry Road, near the town of Sykesville."
NEWS
July 31, 1995
Even though the cellular phone company that seeks to build a 200-foot communications tower in Sykesville has a valid building permit, construction of the tower should not proceed until all judicial appeals are exhausted. Maryland's higher courts regularly overturn decisions of Carroll's Circuit Court, which recently ruled in favor of West Shore Communications' controversial bid to build its tower. Given that history, we might witness the spectacle ofhaving the tower torn down after being built.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
Sykesville Mayor Jonathan S. Herman has suggested Springfield Hospital Center as an alternative site for a controversial telecommunications tower and one potential tower user has approved his plan."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
Sykesville Mayor Jonathan S. Herman has suggested Springfield Hospital Center as an alternative site for a controversial telecommunications tower and one potential tower user has approved his plan."
NEWS
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1997
The state prosecutor is investigating allegations that the chairman of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp. helped steal a business idea for a company in which he holds a financial interest.Jay I. Winer, a Crofton developer, is chairman of the board of the county-funded agency that provides loans to new business ventures. He is also a director of West Shore Communications, a local company that owns radio towers.Two Annapolis entrepreneurs say they went to the development agency last year for help in building a network of microwave towers that would improve cellular telephone links to the Eastern Shore.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1996
Maryland's second-highest court has upheld the rights of a contractor who built a 200-foot telecommunications tower on residential land near Sykesville.In a 62-page opinion issued yesterday, the Court of Special Appeals reviewed the convoluted tower history, which involved "so many administrative actions by so many administrative agents and agencies, so many overlapping chronologies, and so many minor themes intertwined with the major themes that there is a real danger that the wheat will get lost in the chaff."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1995
Two years, countless appeals and several court appearances after it announced plans to build a 190-foot telecommunications tower near Sykesville, West Shore Communications erected thestructure in just four days.Last week, the contractor for Cellular One went ahead with the project despite a lawsuit pending before Maryland's second-highest court."I am confident we will prevail in the courts," said Mark Sapperstein, vice president of West Shore. "I have no idea what it would cost to take it down," Mr. Sapperstein said.
NEWS
July 31, 1995
Even though the cellular phone company that seeks to build a 200-foot communications tower in Sykesville has a valid building permit, construction of the tower should not proceed until all judicial appeals are exhausted. Maryland's higher courts regularly overturn decisions of Carroll's Circuit Court, which recently ruled in favor of West Shore Communications' controversial bid to build its tower. Given that history, we might witness the spectacle ofhaving the tower torn down after being built.
NEWS
By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | June 2, 1995
An Anne Arundel County hearing examiner tried to appease angry Pasadena residents yesterday by trying to find alternatives to a 225-foot mobile communications tower proposed for the area.At least a dozen angry Chesterfield and Westwood Manor residents protested an application for a special exception and a variance application that was submitted by West Shore Communications Co. The exceptions would let the company build the tower behind the Eastern District police station on Mountain Road.
NEWS
June 1, 1995
A communications company will ask a county hearing officer today for permission to build a 250-foot-tall cellular phone tower off Mountain Road.The proposal by West Shore Communications Inc. would exceed county regulations governing height, buffer area and property setback.Neighbors met Tuesday night with Del. John R. Leopold to discuss their concerns and said they will raise the same issues at the hearing.West Shore Communications also has pending before the county Board of Appeals a request for a 250-foot-tall communications tower next to the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department on Davidsonville Road.
NEWS
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1995
Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown said the commissioners might have found an alternative site for a controversial 200-foot telecommunications tower near Sykesville. But the second closed meeting in two weeks failed to produce a compromise between West Shore Communications Inc. and town officials.Sykesville Mayor Jonathan Herman said that a number of alternatives were discussed in the Monday morning meeting, but he was uncertain whether a deal could be reached."The town is kind of caught between a rock and a hard place," said Mr. Herman, who was to present options to the Town Council in closed session last night.
NEWS
By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
Anne Arundel County officials, including County Councilman John J. Klocko III, have called for a speedy and full accounting of all leases the county has handed out for cellular phone towers.An article in The Sun yesterday about two politically connected businessmen granted a lucrative tower lease far different from the county's standard lease -- that could bind the county until 2016 -- prompted criticism from several officials and vows that no sweetheart deals should be allowed."This sounds like the good-old-boys network in full force," said Democratic Del. Joan Cadden.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
Sykesville Mayor Jonathan S. Herman has suggested Springfield Hospital Center as an alternative site for a controversial telecommunications tower and one potential tower user has approved his plan."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
Sykesville Mayor Jonathan S. Herman has suggested Springfield Hospital Center as an alternative site for a controversial telecommunications tower and one potential tower user has approved his plan."
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