Fauquier cell tower approved
Marshall Supervisor Peter Schwartz
--Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The proposed Verizon cellular tower in Atoka near the site of a Civil War battlefield was unanimously approved by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors on Thursday.
The vote was 4-0 as Lee District Supervisor Chester Stribling was not in attendance.
An 80-foot cell tower disguised as a silo will be constructed on Plum Run Lane despite opposition from several area residents, the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Atoka Preservation Society and the Mosby Heritage Area Association.
The decision by the board came on the heels of a letter from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources stating that there would be no major impact on the viewshed of the Cavalry Battles of Aldie-Middleburg-Upperville site should the tower be constructed.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association is overseeing a grant from the American Battlefield Preservation Program of the National Park Service to protect the lands from development.
The Battles of Aldie-Middleburg-Upperville allowed Confederate general Robert E. Lee to take his army up to Gettysburg, a well-documented turning point in the war.
Marshall Supervisor Peter Schwartz, who moved to approve the tower, said he understood the concerns of those in opposition. However, his observations of a balloon test, the need for better cell coverage and the recent letter from the state was enough for him to vote in the affirmative.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Fauquier Times.
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