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Plan for cell tower near Blue Ridge Summit ballfield approved

October 07, 2008

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - A 190-foot cell tower behind the Pen Mar Youth League baseball field received unanimous approval from the Washington Township Supervisors on Monday.

Liberty Towers, of Rockville, Md., still must submit a land development plan for the tower before construction can begin.

The supervisors attached several conditions to their approval for the site off Pa. 16. Among them were fence requirements, tree screening and a stipulation that several wireless carriers be allowed to have antennae on the tower.

Also, the Army Corps of Engineers must review the site to ensure the tower will not be constructed on wetlands.

"Because it is near the wetlands, the applicants are prohibited from using chemicals and pesticides," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Liberty Towers had submitted a widely unpopular plan for a tower at the intersection of Jacobs Church Road and Pa. 16. The tower developer returned to the township supervisors with the Pen Mar Youth League lease agreement as an alternative.

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- Jennifer Fitch

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