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Neighbors Sound off on Proposed Kent Co. Cell Tower

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HARTLY, Del. (WBOC) - A new cell tower could soon pierce the sky above western Kent County. A proposal from Verizon Wireless that will come before the county regional planning commission Thursday would put a 120-foot tower in a field near Hartly.

The county says people got notices about the proposal if they live within 200 feet of the property line for where this tower would be, though the effect of the tower would be felt and seen far beyond that distance.

The tower would sit in a field on Hazlettville Road near where it hits Pearsons Corner Road. Jimmy Rogers lives not far from where the tower would be. He recently got a letter in the mail about it.

"It's Mr. Webb's farm. He's our neighbor. He's been a good neighbor. We need cell towers," he said.

Scott Brown certainly thinks the area needs a cell tower.

"The cell service out here is not very good," he said. "From that standpoint, I'm looking forward to better cell service."

Brown lives in the nearby Wild Quail neighborhood.

"You hate to see open space taken away. But I'd prefer to see a cell tower there than a convenience store that people would be driving to. It's going to be a bit of an eyesore, but I'd rather that than development, like stores and shops."

WBOC spoke with the pastor of The Solid Rock Church, which sits right near the proposed tower site. He says he got a letter and says he has some initial concerns - like what the impact of the tower will be on his church's audio system.

Kris Connelly, planning supervisor for Kent County, says code requires the tower to be 1,000 feet from property lines and 1,500 feet from any dwelling on an adjacent lot. And given those requirements, there are often few site options in a given area.

Connelly adds having the tower near a wooded area and adding some landscaping with reduce its visual impact.

Rogers says even so, though he's fine with the location, he knows tower will be hard to miss.

"You'll see it for miles. That's for sure. But I guess that would be ok," Rogers said.

The regional planning commission meets Thursday at 7 PM. If members approve the proposal, it will head to the Levy Court.

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