By Debbie Hall

The application for a proposed cell phone tower in Claudville sailed through another hurdle Monday, passing the muster of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors.

Central States Tower, or CST, now will build the 235-foot tower on a 5.5-acre tract of land, across the road from Lee’s Kar-Go in Claudville. T-Mobile will be the dedicated carrier.

The board approved the request for a special use permit in a unanimous vote after a public hearing on the application.

“We are excited about bringing this proposal to you because we think we will be able to provide coverage for this community,” said William Shewmake, the company’s attorney. Currently, there is a “great lack of coverage in this area,” he said, adding that with an estimated 70 percent of people nationwide have nixed landlines. The ability to use cell phones, particularly in emergencies, is critical.

The height is needed to achieve the desired coverage area, Shewmake said, and explained the height will allow the signal to broadcast further. Once established, he said the tower “basically becomes part of the scenery.

“We think it’s an important part of the service…

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