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Broadband towers addressed by Mathews board

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors met Monday night in the historic courthouse to take up several items remaining on the agenda after the Sept. 21 meeting was recessed because of the late hour.

Picking up where the board left off, board chairman Paul Hudgins had Judy Rowe, chair of the Mathews Broadband Advisory Board, complete her report, which had been interrupted as she addressed issues the board raised with two broadband towers slated to be built in the county.

During the Sept. 21 part of the meeting, the board decided to table a decision on approving conditional use permits for building the two communication towers, which, once completed, would provide broadband coverage over much of the county. After a public hearing earlier in September, the planning commission recommended approval of the CUPs with the added condition that the towers have safety lighting.

However, supervisors questioned whether the parcel designated for one of the towers on property belonging to M...

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