The Bedford Planning Commission at its May 21 regular meeting, gave the go-ahead to two towers being proposed by Verizon Wireless on the Bedford side of Smith Mountain Lake. The two towers are located at the Saunders Site and the Lake Haven Site in Bedford County. Both are owned by the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company. The proposals will now go to the Board of Supervisors for a final approval.

“Verizon Wireless complies with all federal, state and local ordinances,” attorney and Verizon representative Lori Schweller said. “That includes those related to radio frequency energy emissions. The FCC has established standards and limits based on studies done by third parties.”

At the Saunders site, Verizon is requesting a special use permit to construct a 195 foot tall monopole tower with the purpose to expand and enhance Verizon cellular coverage and services in the area. The proposed tower will be located on a property in Election District 2.

At the Lake Haven site, Verizon is seeking to build an 80-foot tall monopole tower, also to expand coverage and services, this one will also be located in Election District 2.

-For more information, see the May 29 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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