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BOC approves permit for contested cell tower
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County attorney Jeffrey Strickland listens as Commissioner Chris Gaines asks if the board could deny a special-use permit for the cell tower based on its planned appearance. From left, Strickland, Commissioner Sharon Fausett, Gaines and BOC Chairman Billy Thurmond. - photo by Julia Hansen
After a vote was tabled twice, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners reluctantly approved a special-use permit for a Verizon Wireless cell tower near Ga. 52 and Wesley Chapel Road in northeastern Dawson County. The vote was 3-1, with District 3 Commissioner Tim Satterfield voting ‘no’ and Chairman Billy Thurmond abstaining since there was a majority. Multiple neighbors to the site voiced their concerns during public hearings at the Nov. 16 Planning Commission and Dec. 16 BOC meetings.