Thursday, February 7, 2013
Couple vows to fight against tower.
Residents will have a final before council decides on Feb. 7 whether or not a cell tower should be allowed on the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church’s property on Center Ridge Road. The issue, being fought by several Westlake residents including James and Laurie Frankito who live near where the tower could be built, was tabled in January. "I've got mixed feelings," Laurie Frankito said outside Council chambers after the vote was delayed. "I was hoping it would be voted down, but it wasn't approved." The Verizon tower was first proposed in September of 2012, and planning commission voted to recommend plans to build a 100-foot tower on the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church property in early December. Council’s vote was first delayed during its …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
City Council scheduled to vote on tower at tonight's meeting after a public hearing
The proposed cell phone tower that would be built at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is back before City Council in Thursday's meeting. A continuation of the public hearing is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, followed by the regular meeting of City Council, where a vote is scheduled. The vote was postponed from the Jan. 3 meeting, after residents voiced concerns and the possibility of alternative sites were brought up. The proposed tower would be 100 feet tall, and about 300 feet from the nearest residence. Alternative sites mentioned at the Jan. 3 meeting include the Post Office and Westlake Porter Library.
Friday, January 4, 2013
City Council tables matter until alternatives are explored
The vote on a proposed cell phone tower to be built at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church was put off by Westlake City Council at Thursday night's meeting. Council members wanted more time for Verizon, which would be building the tower, to further explore alternatives sites away from residential areas. The planned tower would be 100 feet tall, and 300 feet away from the nearest residence. The matter will be brought up again at the Jan. 17 meeting. More than two dozen people showed up for the public hearing before the meeting. Residents James Frankito, who lives a few hundred feet from where the tower would be built, told Council that he had spoken with a representative from the U.S. Postal Service, who told him on Wednesday they would be open…
Laurie and James Frankito are fighting the proposed cell phone tower at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Not the holidays, not the flu, could stop James and Laurie Frankito from fighting the proposed cell phone tower at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The couple came away with a temporary reprieve Thursday, as City Council tabled the vote on the tower until alternative sites were explored. "I've got mixed feelings," Laurie Frankito said outside Council chambers after the vote was delayed. "I was hoping it would be voted down, but it wasn't approved." Both Laurie and James spoke at the public hearing on the tower plans before the City Council meeting. Their concerns included negative impact on their ability to sell their home and other homes in the neighborhood. The tower would be built 300 feet away from their property line, Laurie said. "I…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Proposed tower will be at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Plans for a cell phone tower at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will get a public hearing before a vote at Thursday night's meeting of City Council at City Hall. The public hearing will be at 8 p.m., before the start of the council meeting. A third reading of the ordinance on the tower is on the agenda the meeting, followed by a vote. Westlake's Planning Commission approved the plans for the tower in December. The 100-foot tower would be built on the western end of the church property. It would be almost 300 feet away from the nearest residence. The tower was propsed because of poor cell phone service in the southwestern part of town. At a public meeting in October, Verizon attorney Bob Grant said other options were explored, such as parks…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Verizon tower may be built on Prince of Peace Lutheran Church property
A part of southwestern Westlake that has long been plagued by poor cell phone service has been presented with a solution. Residents aren't yet sure about it, however. They expressed hopes and concerns at a meeting at City Hall last week organized by Ward 4 City Councilman Michael O'Donnell. About two dozen people attended. Verizon has entered into an agreement with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church to lease a small piece of land in the western end of the church's property to build a 100-foot-high cell phone tower. Bob Grant, an attorney for Verizon, said that the company has been trying to find a solution for the dead zone in that part of town for six years. "As much as we'd love to avoid having a tower near a residential area, it's also …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Verizon wants to build cell phone tower near Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Verizon is seeking to add a cell phone tower in Westlake near Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Ward 4 City Councilman Michael O'Donnell is holding a community meeting to discuss the proposed tower. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in council chambers at City Hall. All are welcome to attend.