About the Tower

Intersection of Highway 83 and Hardeman Mill Road

American Tower Corporation will construct and own the 195-foot monopole tower

American Tower owns 50-60 percent of the county’s existing towers

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

The Morgan County Planning Commission held their regular meeting last Thursday, Sept. 26. During the meeting, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the approval of a conditional use permit for the construction of a cell tower at the intersection of Highway 83 and Hardeman Mill Road, north of Bostwick city limits.

Providence Real Estate Consulting, LLC will be leasing a portion of the property, which is owned by John Marvin Ruark Jr. and Mark Ruark, for the proposed 195-foot monopole communications tower.

The monopole tower will be “basically a stand-alone tower,” stated Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell. Unlike other types of communication towers, monopole towers require no guidewires.

The leased property will be approximately 100-foot by 100-foot, and the tower will be surrounded by an 8-foot-tall fence, which will create an 80-foot by 80-foot enclosure.

Jarrell stated that Bostwick is “a somewhat sparse area for communications reception, and that the nearest cell tower to the proposed location in Morgan County is approximately three to four miles away on Nolan Store Road.

Planning Commission Chair Brian Lehman stated that there is also a cell tower about 3.5 miles away on Jones Wood Road.

The current use of the property is agricultural, and the nearest house to the proposed tower location is 900 feet away, according to Jarrell.

Lehman asked Samantha Watson, the representative in attendance for Providence Real Estate Consulting, LLC, who will own the tower itself. Watson stated that the American Tower Corporation will construct and own the proposed tower.

Jarrell estimated that American Tower owns 50 to 60 percent of the existing towers in Morgan County.

Scott Campbell, Planning Commission member, asked Jarrell if there had been any public input regarding the tower, and Jarrell stated that there had been no input.

The motion to recommend approval of the permit passed unanimously.

The Planning Commission also voted to recommend the approval of a conditional use permit for a pavilion to be constructed at Union Springs Baptist Church, 1400 West Main Street, Rutledge.