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May 27, 2009
Towering issues still plague council
Stealth towers, monopines, monopoles, telecommunication towers -- call them what you will in Afton, just don't call them gone. At the May 19 meeting of the Afton City Council, the council approved amendments to the telecommunication tower ordinance designating where and what kind...
May 27, 2009 - 7:44am
May 13, 2009
The towering issues of towers
Towers. This one small word comes with a lot of emotions attached to it in Afton. They can be called eyesores or monstrosities, but in the end are they necessary? It was for these towering issues and concerns that the Afton Planning Commission recommended approval of several amendments...
May 13, 2009 - 8:22am
December 18, 2008
Stealth tower raised -- finally
Afton's "stealth" tower -- one that masquerades as a pine tree -- has finally taken root in Afton. The radio communications tower, which hasn't...
December 18, 2008 - 12:00am
November 25, 2008
Residents keep a close eye on stealth tower construction
Afton's controversial stealth tower looks set to go up in mid-December -- and neighbors will be scrutinizing every step of the process. The radio communications tower, which will be disguised as a pine tree and erected in the yard of 15326 Afton Hills Court, was due to go in on ...
November 25, 2008 - 12:00am
November 5, 2008
Afton 'stealth tower' construction set to begin
The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Oct. 28 to approve a contracting bid for the construction of the last of 14 radio towers in Washington County that will allow the county to get its 800-megahertz radio system online by early next year. The county voted to approve...
November 5, 2008 - 12:00am
October 17, 2008
Stealth tower contract awarded
What's tall and green but turns blue in the sun and sticks out like a sore thumb? The answer, some residents of Afton are afraid, will be the Washington County stealth communications tower, destined for installation at 15326 Afton Hills Court. Washington County commissioners voted...
October 17, 2008 - 12:00am
September 24, 2008
'Stealth' tower accountability sought
Concern that the residents living in the shadow of a stealth tower will be forgotten in the wake of a new council was voiced at Afton's Sept.
September 24, 2008 - 12:00am
September 17, 2008
Afton planners must re-draft tower ordinance
Planning commissioners have been told to get their thinking caps on with regard to Afton's moratorium on telecommunications towers. The one-year moratorium, which was enacted in June, was brought about following the granting of approval to Washington County to erect a "stealth tower"...
September 17, 2008 - 12:00am
September 5, 2008
Stealth tower work to start within weeks
Work on Afton's stealth tower is due to start in early October. The tower, which will be designed to resemble a pine tree and carry the equipment necessary to enable Washington County's emergency communications system to go live, is expected to be completed by the end of Novembe...
September 5, 2008 - 4:57pm
May 28, 2008
Afton's radio tower gets a green light
Washington County will get its stealth radio communications tower in Afton after all, but the city looks set to close the door to future applications. That was the verdict of the Afton City Council it debated the subject of a conditional use permit for the 88-foot tower, proposed...
May 28, 2008 - 12:00am
May 21, 2008
'Stealth' tower gets the green light
Washington County will get its stealth radio communications tower in Afton after all. That was the verdict of Afton City Council after debating the subject of a conditional use permit for the 88-foot tower, proposed for land at 15326 Afton Hills Court South, for more than four h...
May 21, 2008 - 12:00am
May 6, 2008
Planning commission gives thumbs down to stealth tower
Afton's planning commission has given a vote of no confidence to plans for a "stealth" communications tower. At the conclusion of a sometimes emotional four-hour meeting which ended at 11 p.m.
May 6, 2008 - 12:00am
April 17, 2008
'Stealth tower' plan aims to appease Afton residents
An emergency communications tower disguised as a pine tree is a step closer to becoming a reality in Afton. At the city's April 15 council meeting, Steve Pott of the Washington County Sheriff's Department told the city council the county was negotiating terms with a landowner on...
April 17, 2008 - 12:00am