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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

November 12, 2008

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Construction of a cell tower in Bainbridge sparked some controversy among residents a couple weeks ago. Many of them complained the tower was set to be built too close to their homes.

Now they may get their wish after all.  The Federal Aviation Administration came in to inspect the height of the tower and found some problems.

The proposed location of the tower may be too close to the Decatur County Airport.

"The tower was proposed for a height of above 200 feet. But based upon FAA rule, they cannot construct the tower for a height of above 175 feet. And I'm not sure a tower of 175 feet would serve the company's purpose," says Paul Soudi the Director for the Decatur Co. Planning Department.

The Decatur County Telecommunications Ordinance may also go through some changes.

After the controversy this tower's construction raised...the Planning department requested a six month moratorium on construction of cell towers to revise their ordinance.

At last night's meeting the county commissioners delayed approval of a moratorium until January. Feedback