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New cell tower going up on Millers Run Road

| Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 1:39 p.m.

South Fayette commissioners this month approved the application for TowerCo and Verizon Wireless to construct a 150-foot communications tower at 700 Millers Run Road.

The property is located off the privately-owned Campbells Airport Road.

Commissioners also approved the land development plan for the communications tower.

Commissioner Gwen Rodi voted against both requests and Commissioner Lisa Malosh abstained from voting because she said she didn't have enough time to review the information to make a decision. Joe Perotti of the law firm Sittig & Cortese LLC represented TowerCo and Verizon Wireless. He said the lease area is 50 feet by 90 feet and would have a 10-foot fence around the tower, which would provide coverage to residents and passers-by.

The area now has a gap in coverage, Perotti said. It would not have lighting.

The planning commission had recommended approval of the application and the land development plan at its May meeting.

Request tracker

Township officials have a new way for residents to report concerns via the municipality's website.

Township Manager Ryan Eggleston said the system went live May 1.

After 40 days, the township had received 228 requests to have a non-emergency problem resolved.

Residents can go to southfayettepa.com and click on “Report an Issue.” Categories include parks, roads, stormwater and trash. New users have to set up an account. They will be able to track their request until the issue is resolved.

Meeting dates

Malosh wants the commissioners to consider going back to two meetings a month. They now meet monthly.

Township manager Ryan Eggleston said the board could vote on the change next month and meet twice beginning in September.

Starting in January, commissioners combined the workshop and voting meetings into one session on the second Wednesday of the month. Previously, the workshop was held the first Wednesday and the voting meeting was held the following Wednesday.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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