A long standing debate over a proposed cell tower in northern Fayette County has taken another turn. The urban county council took action Tuesday.
The Lexington council voted to reject placing a cell tower on property off Iron Works Pike. Knox Van Nagell Pfister appeared before council, representing the Mount Brilliant horse farm. “So the question is not if an additional cell tower is built, but where. And 3360 Huffman Mill Road is simply too close to our farm residences and their families for comfort,” said Pfister.
Pfister argued the height of the proposed tower goes against the city regulation and if it fell, it could damage structures on the farm.
An attorney for the city, Keith Horn says Tuesday’s vote essentially ends efforts, at least temporarily, by AT&T to place a tower near the horse farm. In 2012 AT&T sued for the right to establish the tower on this site.
Horn says even after the council’s decision this week, he anticipates the telecommunications firm will again pursue the matter in court.
In a written release by AT&T spokesman Daniel Hayes said the phone company hopes to see issues resolved.
“Our goal is to provide the high-speed, modern connectivity that our customers demand - where they want it, when they want it, and how they want it. That requires us to work closely with policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that the regulatory environment welcomes the necessary investments. We are disappointed that the council did not act on this important item, and we are considering our options as we work to keep Lexington’s residents and businesses connected.”