Cell tower replacement to be considered
by Celia Shortt
Verizon Wireless’ request to erect a 131-foot cell phone tower in Newnan is on the table again for Newnan’s City Council meeting on Thursday.
In 2007, the council allowed Verizon to build the 70-foot tower at 932 Lower Fayetteville Road as an exception. Now, Verizon is requesting a 131-tower to be built due to the increasing cell phone and data use. Allowing the larger tower to be built would be another exception.
Recently, the Newnan Board of Zoning Appeals denied the request based on a lack of sufficient information about the project and how it would affect the area.
Additional information about the project was made available and given to the city council just before its Feb. 25 meeting, but was not a part of the meeting’s agenda.
“My concern is the board of zoning denied it because they had a lack of information,” said Councilmember George Alexander at the Feb. 25 council meeting. “Yet, we received this [information]this evening.”
Councilmember Cynthia Jenkins questioned why the information had not gone back to the appeals board.
Newnan City Attorney C. Bradford Sears Jr. reasoned it had come before the council rather than appeals board because the decision was ultimately the council’s.
“The question is, has council had enough time to understand what is before them?” asked Newnan Mayor Keith Brady at the Feb. 25 meeting.
Councilmember Dustin Koritko made a motion to refer Verizon’s request back to the appeals board in the light of the new information brought to the council. The appeals board would then make its recommendation and bring it before the council.
Other business at Thursday’s meeting will include:
• Council will vote on a bid of $41,964.77 to purchase a crew cab truck from Allan Vigil Ford of Fayetteville for the street department.
• A public hearing will be held for an alcohol beverage license for the Yesterday’s event center on Jackson Street.
• The council will vote on the first amendment to the intergovernmental agreement for management services between the city and the Newnan Convention Center Authority for the Newnan Centre meeting facility on Lower Fayetteville Road.
• The council will hear a request from Newnan Utilities to harvest timber on property it owns on the north and south side of Hwy 34 west.
• The council will vote on scheduling public hearings for the properties of 67 Fairmount St. and 79 W. Washington St. for April 22.
• Council will continue its discussion on the extension request regarding 7 Landers St.
• Status reports will be heard regarding properties at 125 LaGrange St., 7 Upper Mann St., and 48 Fair St.
• A second and final reading will be held for an ordinance to amend the zoning map for property located on Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard.
• Council will hear First Baptist Church of Newnan’s request to close Madison Street to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to distribute food in their mobile food pantry events on April 25, May 23, and June 13.
• Council will hear Prevent Child Abuse Coweta’s request to place pinwheels on the lawn of the Municipal Building on Jefferson Street and hold a program at 1 a.m. April 3 at the site as they have done in the past.
• Council will hear a request from the business development director to utilize First Avenue Park for the Main Street Newnan event, “Screen the Green,” on Friday, April 4, between 7 and 10 p.m.