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Clover fight continues over ‘monstrosity’: Court showdown set

Neighbor Ed Dees Jr. left, and Clover Town Councilman Todd Blanton look over the site for the proposed cell tower on Walnut Street in this Herald file photo.
Neighbor Ed Dees Jr. left, and Clover Town Councilman Todd Blanton look over the site for the proposed cell tower on Walnut Street in this Herald file photo.

A court showdown is set for next month in the latest skirmish in Clover residents’ battle to keep what they describe as a “monstrosity” cell tower from being built across the street from homes and a church.

Court officials have set a hearing date for Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in civil court for the appeal by TowerCom. The cell company claims that Clover’s zoning board of appeals ruling in May that stated the property was not zoned for the tower is invalid, and it wants a judge to throw out the decision so it can build the tower.

The controversy has been replete with missteps and finger-pointing, including the town’s zoning board initially approving the site, but having that decision tossed out because of an illegal member on the board.

For almost a year, resident Ed Dees Jr., his neighbors and others along with Clover Town Councilman Todd Blanton have fought to have the company choose a different location.

The tower is proposed to be built on the southern edge of town, about 40 yards from the front doors of Dees and several other property owners, including a county magistrate judge.

“We are not giving up,” Dees said Thursday.

Blanton, the councilman, reiterated Thursday that he and others are not against the tower, but they are opposed to the location.

“Our problem with it from day one has been the site,” Blanton said.

The company has refused to change locations, saying it has a right to build on the spot where it says the town’s zoning allows the 180-foot tower.

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