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Lincoln County OKs 170-foot-tall cell tower near Lake Norman

This 170-foot-tall Verizon cell tower will soon rise in woods off Webbs Road in eastern Lincoln County.
This 170-foot-tall Verizon cell tower will soon rise in woods off Webbs Road in eastern Lincoln County. SCI Towers LLC

A 170-foot-tall Verizon cell tower will soon rise near Lake Norman on the same property where a controversial 26,000-panel solar farm is proposed.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 Monday in favor of a permit for the tower off Webbs Road in the eastern part of the county.

The tower will go up behind a concrete plant, landowner Gary Dellinger told the Observer on Tuesday.

“It’s back in the woods,” Dellinger said, adding that trees will conceal all but 70 feet of the tower.

Nearby homeowners “are not going to see it,” he said.

The Lincoln County Planning Board on Dec. 7 unanimously recommended that the permit be approved.

Dellinger said five people expressed concerns about the tower at the Planning Board meeting but left the meeting satisfied after hearing how the tower will be set back in the woods and not be visible.

SCI Towers LLC of Palm City, Fla., will build the tower.

Dellinger, meanwhile, said his plans for the solar farm on another part of the property are still alive in the courts.

Commissioners rejected the farm in late 2013, saying the panels wouldn’t be in harmony with Sailview and other nearby subdivisions. Several hundred residents opposed the plans at a public hearing.

Dellinger said his appeal of the commissioners’ ruling is before the N.C. Court of Appeals. If he loses there, he said he will appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court.

Soybeans are now grown on the 36 acres.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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