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JACKSON TWP. — Supervisors unanimously voted Monday to suspend the Verizon Wireless land lease agreement for a potential cellphone tower on township property off Heritage Drive.

Jeffery Malak, township attorney, said the township has not received any further correspondence from Verizon Wireless for a month and a half.

“Both parties must sign the agreement,” he said. “Verizon never signed it.”

The supervisors would be open to discuss other possible locations with Verizon, Malak said.

At last month’s meeting, several residents spoke out against the proposed location for a cellphone tower, citing health concerns and falling property values.

“A lot of people were here last month to express their opinion,” said Supervisor Al Fox. “We need the input from residents.”

Supervisors reiterated what they said in May: This was just one step in the procedure in handling this type of request. Verizon Wireless would have still needed to obtain land development permits and zoning permits, which all would have involved public meetings.

In April, supervisors signed a land lease agreement with Verizon Wireless that would have provided the township with $19,800 a year in revenue with a 3 percent increase each year.

Also, supervisors voted to participate in a “fact-finding and budgetary cost estimate” for a Code Red emergency notification system with the Back Mountain Community Partnership.

Fox said the system would send out a phone call to residents’ cell and home phones to warn them about road closures, car accidents or prison emergencies.

In other news:

-Supervisors announced a the approval of a 902 Recycling Grant with West Wyoming Borough in the amount of $202,545 to be allocated for a wheel loader and recycling bins purchased through the Pennsylvania Costars program.

Brooke Troxell was appointed to the Recreation Board until Dec. 31.

-Supervisors authorized Malak to send a letter to the Luzerne County Road and Bridge manager to check the safety conditions of Newhart Bridge and to further address the deteriorating lower section of Chase Road

The next monthly meeting of the supervisors will be at 6 p.m. July 7.

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