Hancock town briefs

February 15, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

Mayor, councilmen sworn in Wednesday

Hancock Town Council's newest member said he supports offering more activities for residents of all ages, and he wants to create an environment that encourage business.

Timothy Smith, a 30-year-old businessman, said by phone Wednesday that he was looking forward to joining the council.

"This is all new for me, so I'm just hoping to serve the people to the best that I can," Smith said.

Washington County Circuit Clerk Dennis Weaver administered the oath of office to Mayor Daniel A. Murphy, Murphy said by phone after Wednesday's meeting.

Town Councilmen Smith and Sinclair Hamilton also were sworn in at the meeting, Murphy said.

Tower is discussed

Hancock Town Council has no foundation to block a group's request to erect a 40-foot tower for Christian radio transmissions, members decided Wednesday, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.


"There was no legal grounds to deny the construction of the antenna," Murphy said by phone after the Town Council meeting Wednesday.

Marion Thomas requested special permission to put up the structure up Baptist Road. The tower would transmit a station that mainly offers Catholic talk shows, she said.

Some residents spoke out against the tower because of concerns about property values, safety and the community's character.

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