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Wharf Road cell tower plan passed

April 22, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- For all the static associated with a Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., cell tower plan in 2008, it was almost surprising Wednesday when the plan for another tower in Washington Township, Pa., passed in a matter of minutes.

The township supervisors gave their blessing to a 190-foot monopole on Wharf Road as a conditional use in the commercial zone. The developer must next submit a land development plan.

No residents attended the public hearing held Wednesday.

The ease in which the application was OK'd barely resembled the Blue Ridge Summit tower process. That tower plan, which ended up involving two sites, brought out droves of residents and involved dozens of questions from the supervisors over several months.

Liberty Towers ultimately got approval for a tower on the Pen Mar Youth League ballfield. Construction recently started at that site.

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On Wednesday, many of the same consultants returned to share information about the Zullinger application from AT&T Mobility. Randall Holmes gave the supervisors maps to show how the tower would improve coverage.

"It really hands off very well between the site in Greencastle and the site in Waynesboro borough on the water tank," he said.

The tower would be contained in a 50-foot by 50-foot gated area on 15,000 square feet leased from Donald Zody, who has a moving and storage business in Zullinger.

The tower would be built to accommodate up to six wireless carriers, Holmes said.

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