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Wednesday May 25th, 2016 5:26AM

Hall Commissioner wants better cell tower notice

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell said Thursday night he wants a lot more people to know about a proposed cell tower test coming up in his district.

Powell said Verizon Wireless plans to send up a balloon on Saturday, October 19th to indicate the tower's proposed height and visibility.Verizon is required to contact property holders only within a 500 foot radius of the location off McEver Road near West Hall High School and Middle School on Allen Drive.

Powell said that's not enough notice to enough people. He pointed to a green area showing on Verizon's application map and said 500 feet is not very far at all.

"When you look at the residents in that green area that area is a mile and a half distance," Powell said. "You can see that West Hall High School and West Hall Middle School sits right in front of the location for this. There happen to be 2,344 parcels that we would have to contact if we contacted everybody within that one and a half mile radius."

Powell said the test notice is on the county's web site, (hallcounty.org ), and anyone with comments is advised to email Powell or Public Information Officer Katie Crumley.

The story is titled 'Verizon Wireless Balloon Test set for October 19th'. The item also includes a map of the affected land parcels.

NO HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM HIKE

Around 1200 Hall County employees won't see their health insurance premiums go up next year according to Human Resources Director Bill Moats.

Moats told county commissioners low medical insurance claims for the past couple of years made it possible.

"We were able to save a fair amount of money through our dependent audit that we recently conducted and funds we had available through our medical insurance claims," Moats said. "We've had really good claims the last couple of years. In today's world it's virtually unheard of. While we're not able to give pay increases we can keep money in employees pockets by not increasing their premiums."
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