A proposal to construct a cell phone tower near Big Chimney was tabled by the Kanawha County Planning Commission after a concerned neighbor pointed out numerous inconsistencies in the original application for the tower.
Beacon Towers VA, LLC, based in Bluefield, Va., proposed a 250-foot structure to be built on Five Mile Road off Rosewood Way. Sammy Black, a subcontractor who handles site acquisition for Beacon Towers, said the tower would carry AT&T service.
However, John Coulter, who owns property adjacent to the proposed tower, presented the commission with numerous errors and inconsistencies in the original application. He pointed out incorrectly defined maps, inconsistent fence lengths and an incorrect landowner list.
The specifications for the tower also include a nine-foot lightning rod, which Coulter said made the 250-foot height misleading. Several parts of the original application list Coulter's property as the address for the tower, which also is not accurate, he said.
"Since we don't really know the height of the tower . . . we don't really know if it exceeds the buffer zone" if the tower were to fall, Coulter said.
County Engineer John Luoni said Coulter was correct with many of the items he pointed out.
Coulter also said he didn't think the cell phone tower was needed. He said he has AT&T service, and he has 4G service in much of the area the proposed tower would cover. He said he would be more willing to accept the tower if he felt there was a clear need.
"I'm just really thinking that that tower is really not needed," he said.
Coulter was also concerned with how the tower would devalue nearby property.
"Probably a dozen families are going to be looking straight at the tower," he said.