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Sykesville tower hearing postponed for a month


The county Board of Zoning Appeals postponed yesterday a hearing on the Sykesville telecommunications.

The board will hear an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of a site plan for the 200-foot tower at 10:30 a.m. May 25.

By that date, the appeal may be moot. The case went to the Carroll County Circuit Court Friday, and Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. expects to make a decision soon. For nearly two years, the issue has pitted neighbors and the town against Cellular One and its contractor, West Shore Communications.

"Judge Burns is pondering the same issues as we speak," said John Murphy, county attorney, who urged both sides to agree to a postponement of the appeal. "The court is the superior body."

Clark Shaffer, attorney for West Shore, called the appeal a "frivolous attempt" to stay the contractor's building permit. The town and a neighbor of the proposed tower filed the appeal 15 minutes after West Shore had received a permit to build the tower on Hollenberry Road.

"I object to characterizing our efforts as frivolous," said Cynthia Hitt, attorney for Sykesville. "People's rights have been infringed on."


* Sykesville: Sykesville firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 5700 block of Oak View Drive at 2:51 p.m. Monday They were out for 30 minutes.

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