In an ongoing effort to provide quality wireless service, Verizon Wireless has identified your community as one that will benefit from improved network coverage. Verizon Wireless and Milestone Communications have filed an application for a wireless telecommunications facility at Shady Side Elementary School, addressed 4859 Atwell Road, Shady Side, Maryland 20764. The proposal is for a 114 foot monopole and will include ground equipment required to operate the facility. This equipment will be located at the base of the structure in a secure fenced area.
This website will serve as a community portal, keeping you informed about the project, while providing resources on wireless communications, public safety, and more.
UPDATE: There was a community meeting held on Wednesday, August 9th at 7 PM at the Shady Side Community Center, addressed 1431 Snug Harbor Road, Shady Side, MD 20764. For those who did not have a chance to attend the community meeting, an audio recording is available. Please note: the length of the recording is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. We apologize for the sound quality of the recording, as the device was positioned on a table in the front of the room and picked up audio from all surrounding sources. Please click here for the Dropbox link to the audio file.
UPDATE: The AACPS BOE reviewed the meeting outcome summary and final application at the School Board meeting held on Wednesday, September 6th at the Dr. Carol S. Parham Administration Building, addressed 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. The agenda and information reviewed by the Board are available via the ACCPS-affiliated Board Docs website.
UPDATE: After the September BoE meeting, the project site was surveyed for preparation of engineering drawings and inspected as part of regulatory and field assessments. Permit applications were filed with the County in early February and are currently under review.
UPDATE: An informational community meeting was held on Monday, April 30th at 7 PM at the South County Community Church, addressed 1320 Avalon Boulevard, Shady Side, MD 20764.
- Presentation by project team
- Public comment
- Response to public comment
UPDATE : The summary of comments from the April 30th meeting has been mailed to County-required persons; a copy of the comment summary can be viewed here: Shady Side Community Meeting April 30 Comments. A preliminary plan application has been submitted; a copy of the locations plans filed as part of this application can be viewed in the section below. Please note: grading and building permit applications will be updated with the final approved site plan set.
UPDATE : An informational community meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 PM at the South County Community Church, addressed 1320 Avalon Boulevard, Shady Side, MD 20764.
The meeting will serve as an update on the changes made to the site design since the initial submission meeting. A site plan and application has been submitted to the County for site development plan review; the revised plan is provided below.
– Presentation by project team
– Public comment
– Response to public comment
UPDATE : The AACPS Board of Education voted to “pause” any further action on the project in December 2018. In January 2020, the Board resolved to ask the County Executive to explore alternatives sites for the proposed cell tower. The Board is scheduled to to review information on the results of the County’s investigation of alternative sites at its May 20th meeting. The agenda and information to be reviewed by the Board are available via the ACCPS-affiliated Board Docs website. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually – public comment can be submitted online until noon on May 20. More information on how to submit public comment can be found here.
UPDATE : At it’s May 20th meeting, the AACPS Board of Education voted to “unpause” / resume the project. Grading and building permits for the project were issued by Anne Arundel County on September 28, 2020.
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