By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON – In an effort to promote the expansion of high-tech services available to Mingo County residents, the Mingo County Commission is backing an application that could lead to the construction of a cell tower in the Gilbert area.
In a letter to the commission dated March 31, Charles R. Wolf III, of Advantage Engineers, wrote that AT&T intends to file an application to construct a new telecommunications facility located on County Road 10 in the Ben Creek area.
The facility is a 354-foot self-support tower intended to improve wireless coverage to the surrounding area, Wolf explained in the letter. AT&T currently is seeking public comments on the potential effects of the proposed facility on historic properties and other elements.
“Better cellphone service is one of the most requested items brought before us as a commission,” said Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith. “We have worked tirelessly to get wireless providers to bring more coverage to Mingo County. We fully support AT&T’s application to build this tower.”
Parties interested in submitting comments regarding any potential effects of the proposed facility on historic properties may do so by sending them to Wolf. His address is: Charles Wolf, Advantage Engineers, 910 Century Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Please reference “WV451.”
“The topography of our county lends to our need for better cell service,” said Commissioner John Mark Hubbard. “It is in the best interest of our residents that we support this application.”
Commissioner Mike Carter agreed.
“Technology is so important in our day-to-day lives,” Carter said. “We need this tower to help us advance in everything from economic development to education and more.”