Gahanna residents will have another opportunity to weigh in on a proposed cell tower at 215 W. Johnstown Road, where Verizon Wireless wants to construct a 120-foot-tall monopole tower.

Gahanna residents will have another opportunity to weigh in on a proposed cell tower at 215 W. Johnstown Road, where Verizon Wireless wants to construct a 120-foot-tall monopole tower.

The Gahanna Planning Commission has scheduled another public hearing for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.

A two-hour workshop was held March 21 to discuss the process of how Verizon had chosen alternative sites for the tower.

"We go to many communities across five states to build this public utility infrastructure," said Bob Grant, attorney for Verizon. "It doesn't matter where we put it; people won't like it. That's a fact of life. We want to be in the area we serve. To serve the people in this area, we have to be in this area."

Several residents and business owners spoke against the proposed site during a Feb. 22 meeting.

Grant said customer complaints began in 2005 concerning calls being blocked because of the volume of simultaneous users. He said multiple layers of governmental review already exist, mostly in the federal government, to make sure cell-tower locations don't interfere with air traffic. Environmental factors have to be considered, as well, he said.

Commission member David Thom said the main issue is whether the proposed site is suitable for a tower. He requested that Verizon get together with other willing property owners in the area to consider alternatives.

In addition to the March 28 public hearing, the commission has scheduled a workshop on the issue for Wednesday, April 4.

Read the March 29 edition of ThisWeek for details.