Residents voice concerns over proposed cell phone tower

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Jeana Lee started building her home in Hurricane Creek in November.

“Our home is almost ready. We’ll be moving in August 1st with our 2-year -old and my husband and a little one on the way and so to find out that a cell phone tower is going to be so close to our home it’s just, it’s just nerve-wracking,” Lee said.

It’s the proximity of the proposed tower that Lee said has her concerned.

“The proposed cell phone tower is 150 feet from our property line and only 250 feet from our back door,” Lee said.

Lee is one of several residents that attended a meeting about the tower Monday night.

Mark Brooks was also there.

“It’s just really a nuisance you’re going to have this large tower looming over houses that people have a lot of pride in,” Brooks said.

An application has been made requesting a special permit to build the tower.

An attorney and contractor for the tower builders took questions during the meeting.

Some of the questions residents had revolved around how they selected the site that would be leased and why.

The plan is for a 150 ft monopole for Verizon and built as a co-location for other carriers.

There is a process for getting a special permit for this tower.

The regional planning agency staff will make recommendations on July 2nd.

Then, the Planning Commission will take a vote July 9th.

The Hamilton County Commission will also have to take a vote on the proposal.

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