March 24 court hearing set for Clover cell tower

Herald file

The next battle between the residents of Clover and a lone town councilman against the town over a proposed 180-foot cell tower is set for court in two weeks.

The tower has sparked controversy in the small northern York County town – and pits the town against one of its councilmen and residents who oppose the tower plans.

On March 24, Ed Dees Jr., who lives across the street from where the tower would be built, will ask a judge to halt the construction. Dees is allied with Clover Town Council member Todd Blanton and dozens of other neighbors who have called the proposed site south of downtown near an abandoned textile mill a terrible choice.

The cell tower plans were a secret until Blanton, the councilman who lives nearby, saw construction equipment and alerted neighbors after finding out that a tower was in the works. Neighbors, including a county judge and county councilman for the area, have spoken against the tower site as being too close to homes and a church.

Dees appealed Clover’s approval of the site to the town’s zoning appeals board, but that appeals board had an illegal member on it when it voted 3-2 in favor of the site Jan. 14. Dees said the vote is illegal.

At that Jan. 14 meeting, residents packed Clover’s council chambers to denounce the cell tower.

Clover officials have said that the site fits zoning codes. The town claims that since the zoning appeals board never issued a formal written ruling after Jan., 14 when it found out one member was a town employee, the court case should be tossed until the zoning board can meet again and re-vote.

The March 24 hearing at 1 N. Congress St. in downtown York across the street from the York County Courthouse is open to the public.

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