Cellular One withdraws bid to build tower SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


Cellular One of Baltimore and Washington has withdrawn its request to build a 200-foot tower near Winfield Elementary School.

A hearing scheduled for today before the county Board of Zoning Appeals has been canceled.

Company officials asked the Board of Appeals last month to allow them to build the tower and an equipment building at 4416 Salem Bottom Road. Mobile telephone communications towers are allowed there as conditional uses.

Cellular One has leased the site from Charles Coon.

The appeals board had scheduled the hearing because of concerns that the proposed lease might jeopardize an existing conditional use at the site. Mr. Coon is allowed to store contractor's equipment on the three-acre site -- the minimum acreage required for storage facilities under county zoning law -- as a conditional use in an agricultural area.

Carroll school officials and Winfield residents have objected to the tower because of health concerns.

"Those people ought to try looking at my side and not just their side," Mr. Coon said of his neighbors' objections. "How would those same people have reacted if Cellular One had come in and offered them monthly rent for 20 years?"

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