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Verizon's plans for cell tower sent back to square one

Staff writer

Verizon Wireless is being sent back to the drawing board in its quest to install a telecommunications tower in Marion.

Marion’s planning and zoning committee last week reviewed the process of Verizon’s original application, submitted to the city last spring, to construct a cell phone tower.

The proposal drew passionate objection from neighbors of the Commercial and Forest St. location where the cell phone company hoped to build a tower. Neighbors were concerned about possible health consequences.

Later, Verizon proposed mounting an antenna atop the city’s old water tower west of the high school. That proposal also drew criticism.

The planning and zoning board last week said a new application needed to be submitted because of irregularities in the way the first application was processed.

Following the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation to the city council that the process be started again, council members will notify Verizon they have to submit a new proposal but will not be charged for the application.

Last modified March 11, 2020