A request from American Tower Corporation to construct a wireless-telecommunications tower on Buffalo Shoals Road was put on hold by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Monday night.
During a public hearing on the conditional-use permit that would allow for the tower, commissioners decided they needed more information to be made available both to them and to the public. As such, the hearing will continue at their Nov. 4 meeting.
The proposed site for the tower, an 11-acre tract of land at 1875 Buffalo Shoals Road in Ironton Township, prompted concerns from nearby residents, who believed it would diminish their property values and cited their worries about potential traffic, radiation and copper theft.
They also suggested that there were other sites, including an existing tower not far away, that would be more suitable, rather than placing one in the middle of a residential community.
Despite American Tower officials insisting that the proposed location was determined through a selection process to be the only viable option to fill a coverage gap for AT&T, commissioners said they wanted to be sure that was the case.
“I didn’t hear enough evidence tonight,” Commissioner Carl Robinson said, before making the motion for a 30-day continuance on the request.
Local industries expand
Also during Monday’s meeting, public hearings were conducted regarding industrial-development incentive grants for two existing companies looking to expand.
Kara Brown of the Lincoln Economic Development Association presented the agreements, both of which were unanimously approved.
Packaging Unlimited, located on Riverview Road in Lincolnton, plans to invest $1.3 million in new equipment, creating at least three new jobs within two years. Meanwhile, Cataler North America, located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, can now move forward with a $6.4 million investment to boost its production, bringing with it a minimum of four new jobs.
In other Board of Commission action at Monday’s meeting: