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School board OKs renting space for new cell tower

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The Clark-Pleasant school board has cleared the way for Verizon Wireless to build a cell tower near the middle school.

The board unanimously approved leasing Verizon 4,900 square feet of space near Clark-Pleasant Middle School, 1354 E. Worthsville Road. Greenwood city officials and the Federal Aviation Administration still must approve Verizon’s plans before the tower is constructed, Clark-Pleasant business director Steve Sonntag said.

To get city approval, Verizon most likely would need to file a petition with the city’s board of zoning appeals and conduct a public hearing before receiving a building permit. The public hearing could be waived if Verizon qualified for the special exception that can be granted to schools and churches near residential areas, Greenwood senior planner Ed Ferguson said.

The agreement between Clark-Pleasant and Verizon is for five years, and the contract can be automatically renewed for five additional five-year terms. Clark-Pleasant will receive $19,200 per year for the first five years of the contract.

The annual rental amount will increase each time the contract is automatically renewed, and the school district will receive $30,920 per year for the fifth contract extension.

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