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Cell phone towers

Posted: October 17, 2013 10:50 a.m.
Updated: October 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Members of the Lake Wateree Association, voicing the sentiments of many lake residents as well as people who live in other rural areas of the county, say more cell phone towers are needed to improve communication. The association urged people to attend a Monday night meeting of the county’s planning and zoning commission to make their voices heard and they’re also asking citizens to show up at the next county council meeting. Council had passed on two readings a measure that would have made it more feasible to increase the number of cell towers, but suddenly tabled that motion at the request of chairman Gene Wise, sending it back to the commission.

The association is right. Adequate cell phone coverage is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. People must be able to communicate, and the deplorable state of reception at many parts of Lake Wateree, and in other locations in the county, must be corrected. It’s necessary not only for normal communication needs but for medical emergencies. Rick Williams, a LWA member, said parties appear to be coming together on a proposal and noted that he was optimistic that council members would be receptive to a measure that would make it easier to install more towers. Of course, visual impact needs to be considered, but that is a problem that can usually be mitigated. We urge all officials to work together to solve a problem that doesn't even have to be a problem.

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