Supervisors to discuss towers today

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Tuesday, February 20, 2001

The Natchez Democrat

The Adams County Board of Supervisors will meet with a consultant

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today to discuss changes to a proposed ordinance regulating the

construction of antenna towers.

&uot;I’d hate to have an ordinance in place and you have to

come back and change something after (you’ve approved it),&uot;

said Supervisor Lynwood Easterling.

Like the City of Natchez, Adams County currently has a moratorium

banning the construction of antenna towers.

The supervisors approved the moratorium in July to last until

they approved an ordinance regulating tower construction.

The ordinance would regulate such things as the design, location,

height and lighting on antenna towers.

But at the suggestion of supervisors in other counties, the

board arranged to have Bubba Weir of Jackson speak to them at

9 a.m. today during their regular meeting.

Easterling said he &uot;definitely&uot; wanted to speak with

Weir before the board approved the ordinance.

&uot;(I) want to make sure we’re covered for (the present

and for) the future,&uot; Easterling said.

One of his biggest concerns is the future locations of the


Easterling does not want to impede economic development but

&uot;you don’t want to see these towers stuck right up (on) the


Easterling said he did not expect the board to approve the

ordinance after today’s discussion.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen placed Natchez under a tower

moratorium in November to allow time to research any needed changes

to an ordinance it passed in 1998.

The Natchez Metro Planning Commission discussed the ordinance

last week but it could not take any action because it did not

have a quorum present.

But any decision made by the commission will only serve as

a recommendation to the aldermen instead of amending the ordinance.

The City of Natchez’s moratorium expires this month and the

aldermen will hold their next meeting Feb. 27.

Other members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors could

not be reached for comment Monday.