Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Residents, officials vow to work on wireless solutions in new year
As a citizens group called King George Connect continues to gather information about improving wireless access in the county, the Board of Supervisors plans to look into some options as well.
For the third meeting in a row, a resident from the newly formed group spoke to the Wireless Authority, which is composed of supervisors, during a session on Tuesday night. Warren Veazey stressed that the group isn’t looking for the county to pay for the service or build any new structures. Private industry will do that, but it needs to install data poles that are within sight of each other.
It would be nice, Veazey said, if King George’s fees for installing the poles were similar to those in other counties in the Northern Neck.
As Supervisor Ruby Brabo mentioned in her prepared remarks, a data pole is considered the same as a cell tower in King George. The fee to get a permit is as much as $1,000, compared to other counties that charge as little as $20.
Supervisor Chairman Dale Sisson Jr. said the board needs to look at ordinances regarding cell towers and other such structures. He thanked the citizens for bringing the issue in front of the board and reminded them he was interested in forming a technology committee next year to explore various options beyond wireless.
“I think we’re on the same page for what we’re trying to do,” he said.
Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. said the board needs to look seriously, in the new year, at how the Wireless Authority operates and if it can be more friendly to businesses.
Brabo thanked the residents for their ongoing interest and research. “This group has proven to be a wonderful think tank in presenting information,” she said.