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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 3, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors on Wednesday hosted a lot of discussion, but met no real resolution concerning cell phone towers in their municipality. Board members agreed they need to adopt better regulations concerning cell towers and antennas, but they differed on whether to hire an outside consultant who would charge tower developers $6,500 to look at their applications. Rusty Monroe, with the Center for Municipal Solutions, also would charge $100 an hour for travel, possibly from North Carolina.
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June 24, 2008
A prison is a dismal place. Its entire physical environment is designed solely for the purpose of human confinement. It is a place where "control" rules. The roles of the keeper and the kept in a prison setting are learned almost like the actors of a Broadway play, but these characters are influenced more than you might think by their environment. Consider the following. In 1971 at Stanford University, a psychology professor by the name of Philip Zambardo performed a very interesting experiment.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 17, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- As they toil through a pair of applications for cell phone towers, Washington Township supervisors agree they need to have better regulations in place for the future. What they now question is whether to enlist the help of a consultant who charges $200 an hour. Rusty Monroe, with North Carolina's Center for Municipal Solutions, has reportedly said he'll hand the township supervisors a draft version of their new local law free of charge. The catch? The supervisors must agree that he would be the consultant used to review all applications for the next year.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 13, 2008
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, PA. -- For all the money invested, for all the engineering, for all the documents prepared, it could end up being a single red balloon that lets the air out of a proposal for a cell phone tower in Blue Ridge Summit. Liberty Towers of Rockville, Md., recently sent a balloon up from the Jacobs Church Road site planned for its cell phone tower. This time, in what was the second such test performed, the balloon sent up a red flag for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, which reportedly has concerns that the balloon, and hence the cell tower, could be seen from the protected Monterey Historic District.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 10, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- In presenting his own plan for a new cell phone tower, a Sprint affiliate created static Monday concerning another company's proposal in Washington Township, Pa. Shenandoah Personal Communications Co./Shentel wants to enter into a lease agreement with the local water authority, then put antennas 115 feet up an existing water tower between Pa. 16 and Old Route 16 east of Capital Camps in Rouzerville, Pa. That, coupled with...
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 3, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- The third night of testimony regarding a cell phone tower proposed in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., has been postponed. The continuation of an ongoing public hearing on the proposal from Liberty Towers was scheduled for Monday, but the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors pushed the matter back until June 16. They said they wanted time to contact experts on matters of real estate and cell phone towers. Also, the supervisors voted 3-1 on Monday to hire a consultant - at a fee of $200 an hour - to review the application from Liberty Towers.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 15, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The cell phone tower proposed in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., could withstand winds up to 115 mph before the steel would start to fail, an independent engineer testified Wednesday. That would drop to 105 mph if the tower were coated in ice, according to Joshua M. Carney, a representative of C.S. Davidson Inc. "Back in the early '90s ... I think they said it got up to 90 miles per hour," said Elaine Gladhill, a Washington Township supervisor who lives on the mountain.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | April 22, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - After two hours of testimony by a developer Monday, township supervisors continued the hearing on a cell tower proposed along Jacobs Church Road and Pa. 16 in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., before any residents were given a chance to comment. Residents' names and addresses were taken by the stenographer to accommodate those present who wanted to testify to the board on record. About 12 residents were sworn in at the start of the hearing, and by 10:30 p.m., only eight remained at the meeting.
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By DAN DEARTH | March 14, 2008
BIG POOL - A plan to erect a cell phone tower near Fort Frederick State Park has caused concern among the project's opponents, who say the structure could damage the historic integrity of the fort. The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday night approved a special exception that would permit a 199-foot-high communication tower in the 11000 block of Gehr Road, less than a mile from Fort Frederick, Assistant County Attorney Kirk C. Downey said. Downey said Vista PCS LLC, a private company, sought the special exception to build the tower so Verizon could satisfy a gap in service coverage.
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