BOA Approves Special Exemption for Cell Tower

Kevin Howell with Verizon Wireless addresses the Board of Adjustments about a proposed cell tower at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.
Kevin Howell with Verizon Wireless addresses the Board of Adjustments about a proposed cell tower at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.

The City of Sheridan Board of Adjustments approved a special exemption for the construction of a 60' monopole cell phone tower at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.

Facilities Director at the Fairgrounds Melissa Albrecht says that they took the historic significance of the Fairgrounds into consideration while choosing an ideal spot for the cell tower.

The National Park Service recently listed the Fairgrounds on the National Register of Historic Places, which prompted Bill Raymond and Billie Little from the Sheridan County Historic Preservation Commission to speak out against the proposed cell tower. Both stated that public recreation sites, especially those of historic significance should not be degraded by the placement of structures such as cell towers.

Verizon Wireless Representative Kevin Howell addressed the Board, stating that the demand for cell service is growing rapidly as today's smart phones aren't just used for voice anymore. He went on to state that in order to to meet the growing demand and to raise the quality of cell service in the Sheridan area, additional cell towers are needed.

The 60' tower will be located on the southwest corner of the Fairgrounds just north of Victoria Street near the Fairgrounds office and shop buildings. The contract between Verizon and the Sheridan County Fair Association still has to be approved by the Sheridan County Commissioners.

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