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Tower site gets green light in Clarksville

SoVaNow.com / February 12, 2020


Mecklenburg County supervisors approved a new cell tower for the eastern edge of Clarksville at their regular monthly meeting Monday in Boydton.

Richmond attorney Mark Kronenthal spoke on behalf of Verizon Wireless, which was seeking approval to install a 199-foot communication tower on the north side of Highway 15 near the intersection with Prestwould Drive in Clarksville

County Administrator Wayne Carter said that area of Clarksville is in need of cell service. He called it a “dead zone” for cell phone users.

Kronenthal estimated the new tower will improve cell service for people living or traveling within a 1- to 2-mile radius of the site by providing 4G LTE wireless service.

Supervisors approved the request on the condition that the area around the tower be buffered and the existing trees outside the 50 square foot project area remain in place.

Verizon Wireless, through Kronenthal’s office, was also asked to submit an engineers reporting certifying that the communication tower will have the structural capacity to hold the equipment and similar installations of at least three other wireless providers, one of which could be the county government 911 service.

In other business, supervisors approved an emergency resolution requested by County Emergency Services Coordinator Jon Taylor to hire a grant writer to apply for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant. If approved, the grant money would be spent on replacement firefighter airpaks for all the fire departments in Mecklenburg.

“The total cost to replace all the airpaks would be approximately $1.1 million with the county having to make a 10 percent match,” Taylor said.

The grant writer is asking for $14,000. Taylor said this person has been successful in obtaining grant monies for several other local departments that needed new equipment.

Board members also approved a $50,750 request from the school division to make additional repairs to the roof on South Hill Elementary School.

This money was appropriated into the roof fund as part of the FY 2020 budget.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols said these repairs are part of the division’s ongoing maintenance plans the School Board adopted last year.

Supervisors also agreed to purchase a used 2001 Peterbilt front loader for $32,000 for use at the landfill. The current Mack front loader engine is no longer operable and cannot be repaired, according to Carter.

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