WASHINGTON COUNTY - With little debate or discussion, the Washington County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a plan to construct a 199-foot cell phone tower in an apple orchard in the Ringgold area.
The tower will be owned by Shentel Shenandoah Mobile Co. and built on John R. Martin's 58-acre Ivy Hill Farm at 13840 Smithsburg Pike - Md. 64 - south of Ringgold.
The company will lease a 450-square-foot area to construct the tower and an equipment compound, Senior Planner Timothy Lung said.
The compound will be surrounded by an 8-foot-high chain-link fence with barbed wire on the top.
After the meeting, Commission Chairwoman Paula Lampton said the plan met all the county's criteria for a tower, which is why she supported it.