After a public hearing at the high school attended by some 50 citizens Wednesday night, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval to the supervisors for two more cell tower proposals by AT&T.
Among those in attendance, more than two dozen citizens took their three minutes apiece to speak about AT&T’s plans to erect 199-foot monopoles in two locations — behind the high school off U.S. 211, and off Woodward Road in Sperryville. Although many prefaced their remarks with the caution that “I’m not against cell phone service,” the majority of those who spoke urged the commissioners to either reject the applications or delay action to allow more study or to find alternatives to erecting what will be the county’s tallest structures (along with an AT&T tower off U.S. 522 in Boston, which the supervisors approved at its Jan. 3 meeting).
We’ll have more on this story in the Jan. 27 print edition of the Rappahannock News. There’s a related story about Monday’s “informational” meeting on the cell service proposals sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Council and Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection here, plus a digest of stories, photos and letters on the subject here.