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Board OKs Mount Ulla radio tower

SALISBURY — In a split vote, Rowan County commissioners decided this evening to allow a 1,200-foot broadcast tower to be built in Mount Ulla.
The Rowan County Board of Commissioners made its decision during the third day of a quasi-judicial hearing about a conditional use permit application by Davidson County Broadcasting.
After 16 hours of testimony on Monday and Tuesday, commissioners heard closing arguments today and discussed the issue. They then voted 3-2 to approve the permit with several conditions recommended by planning staff and board members.
Commissioners Jon Barber and Chad Mitchell voted against issuing the permit, both saying hazardous safety conditions would result from construction of the tower.
Barber also said the tower would significantly detract from the character of the surrounding area and would create significant visual impacts for adjoining properties and passersby.
Greely “Gig” Hilton, president of Davidson County Broadcasting, plans to build a radio tower on property owned by Richard L. Parker and his wife, Dorcas.
Hilton said construction could start in the next six months.
A citizens’ group opposing the request could choose to appeal the county’s decision but did not say whether it will do so.
That group is made up of the Miller Airpark Association, the Mount Ulla Historic Preservation Society and James and Marian Rollans.
Commissioners still must approve an official order, which attorney Anthony Fox will present to the board at an upcoming meeting.

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