Proposed Verizon cell tower draws opposition


A handful of Radnor Township residents have expressed concern about a proposed telecommunications tower just off River Road.

Residents have said the planned 310-foot Verizon Wireless tower on a 6,400 square-foot site could damage property values in the area and pose health risks.

The tower will “spoil the natural beauty of the area, harm property values, and tend to continuously degrade the area from a peaceful, high-class country residential area along the idyllic stretch of the Scioto River into an area much less desirable,” Francis Jo Hamilton, executive director of Main Street Delaware, wrote in a letter to Delaware County commissioners.

Hamilton also noted that the tower will emit electromagnetic radiation and that “no scientific studies have ever proven that long-term exposure to such radiation poses no health risk.”

She also raised the prospect of noise pollution in the area.

“There could be loud generators or buzzing transformers creating a noise nuisance 24 hours a day,” she wrote.

Those same sentiments were shared by five other property owners in the area, who also wrote letters to commissioners.

Commissioners on Monday approved a measure that will subject the location and construction of the tower to the county’s zoning resolution.