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Winchester Gives Shentel a Cell Tower Deadline

10 October 2018 News

Shentel, the telecommunications company that is seeking to put a cell tower in Jim Barnett Park, has been tasked with proving to the Winchester City Council that its proposed location is really the only viable site for the project.

According to published reports, as of a Tuesday night executive session during the City Council’s business meeting, councilors decided to give the company 30 days to prove the site is necessary for the project. Shentel was approved to submit a conditional use permit application to build its proposed 100-foot monopole tower on the site, located next to the Lester P. Singhass BMX track. However, this new contingency attached to the permit application sets a 30-day deadline for the company to provide site selection information, at which point the council will either decide to move discussions on the matter forward or reject the application. The unanimous decision by council members comes months after  Winchester Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chairman John Bentley resigned in protest of the cell tower, and two weeks after representatives from the Winchester Country Club asked Shentel to consider their Frederick County property for the project.

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