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AT&T wants cell tower in Forks Township

FORKS TWP., Pa. - AT&T says it wants to put a cell tower on some township-owned land.

Representatives from the tower company made that pitch Thursday evening to Forks supervisors, proposing a 120-foot tower on land near the Forks Township community center.

"It's not an area that's going to be an aesthetic problem," said Sean O'Mara of Jacobs, the communications company that would handle the tower.

He and colleague Samuel Lee said company engineering had pinpointed the area as the best place for a new tower. Nearby tree coverage would shield the building at the base of the tower.

They said studies have shown property values near cell towers go up by six percent, and argued that once the tower is up, it won't be noticeable.

Supervisors, however, want the same thing they asked for when the proposal first surfaced in March: an idea of the tower's financial benefit for the township. They asked to see a financial proposal before moving forward.

And Supervisor Dan Martyak questioned the need for the tower in the first place, noting that he uses AT&T without much trouble.

"I live right by the park. I've never had a dropped call in the park," he said.

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