Boston cell tower approved

Culpeper County’s Board of Supervisors approved an application to construct a cell phone tower just off Sperryville Pike Tuesday evening.

The board voted 5-2 in favor of an application from Community Wireless Structures (CWS) VII LLC to construct a 195-foot lattice telecommunications tower with a four-foot lightning rod adjacent to Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) near the town of Boston. The land, currently undeveloped and owned by Anderson and Sons Builders, Inc., consists of 10.7 acres.

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting the tower was originally scheduled to be 250-feet tall, but CWS lowered the height of the tower to help appease concerns by local citizens.

According to FAA regulations, any tower over 200 feet requires a medium-intensity dual lighting system for safety reasons. White lights during the day and red pulsing lights at night.

To clear the way for the proposed cell towers, the BOS had to waive the requirement that the towers be one mile away from Sperryville Pike — a state designated scenic byway.

Supervisors Bill Chase and Steve Walker opposed the plan.

— Culpeper Times

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