The township is essentially copying neighboring Liberty Twp., who instituted similar protections after Cincinnati Bell tried to install a 36 foot tower in one resident's yard.
In early December when Cincinnati Bell's contractors came to dig up Mike Tsirelis yard for a tower, he stood on the patch of grass that had been spray painted as the spot for five hours, refusing to budge until someone from the county engineer's office returned his calls.
The utility company did back down, and on May 19, zoning amendments in Liberty Twp. took effect that will prevent the same thing from happening again.
West Chester Trustee Board President Mark Welch said they have been working cooperatively with Cincinnati Bell about the location of cell towers and they have already agreed to bury utilities where there aren’t overhead lines.
“We’ve had some contact with them because they want to put towers up let’s say in the Union Centre Blvd. area,” Welch said. “This is a utility, so with the exception of residential areas, they can pretty much do whatever they want to do. But they work with us.”