The Rappahannock County Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to recommend approval of the last two of AT&T’s five-project plan to provide cell coverage to an estimated 45 percent of county residents by building three new monopoles and extending two existing Sprint poles.
The vote was unanimous for the plan to extend the Sprint monopole behind the Amissville fire hall to 198 feet from 170, and with one nay vote (from Stonewall-Hawthorne commissioner Gary Light) on the extension of an 80-foot Sprint pole at Ben Venue to 144 feet. The decision, made before a sparse crowd among which as many supporters spoke as opponents, should bring AT&T’s applications to the board of supervisors for its March 7 meeting. At that same meeting, the board will also consider AT&T’s plan to erect a 199-foot pole near the county high school, a matter tabled Feb. 7 when AT&T proposed moving the facility farther from the high school and U.S. 211 than it first proposed. (A balloon test for the adjusted site is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.)
The supervisors have already approved 199-foot AT&T monopoles off U.S. 522 in Boston and off Woodward Road in Sperryville.
For more on this story, see next Thursday’s Rappahannock News.