Amador Sups Vote Down Controversial Cell Tower

Amador Sups Vote Down Controversial Cell Tower

The Amador Board of Supervisors voted down a permit that would have allowed a controversial cell phone tower on Willow Creek Road south of Highway 16. The supervisors heard an appeal of a planning commission vote to deny the permit in September. As before, the planning commission, several neighbors testified against the proposed 136 foot tower. County council Greg Gillott stated at the start of the hearing that under state law, the board could not consider alleged health impacts of cell phone towers, so claims that the tower would have caused cancer were not brought up, but neighbors still objected to the appearance of the tower in a rural area. The supervisor’s main objection to the project was a failure to co-located the project on an existing cell tower a half a mile away, which the project applicants insisted would not allow them to reach the required number of rural customers under the federal program that funded the project. In other business, the board gave its approval to a county-wide tourism promotion district that would collect an additional fee on hotel stays to fund tourism promotion in the county. Also approved was a $210,000 loan to the Jackson Valley Irrigation District to help pay for repairs to the Lake Amador Dam, and $20,000 from a Veteran Memorial Fund to help pay for the repairs at the public pool in Plymouth. 

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