- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - Verizon Wireless is no longer planning to build an almost 50-foot cellphone tower in Pasco after residents complained about appearances, health concerns and property values.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1PgOpo7 ) that the city of Pasco was notified that the company decided to withdraw its application for a special permit.

The change comes weeks after residents packed into a Pasco Planning Commission meeting to express their concerns about the wireless antenna.

Officials say Verizon planned to build a single pole as an antenna support structure to help fill a coverage gap near McGee Elementary School.

Pasco has about 20 similar towers and antennas for cell and Wi-Fi service, including on water towers, flag poles, buildings and on schools. Officials say when those sites applied for a permit, the public did not react.


Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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