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Oldham County neighbors worry about proposed cell tower

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Neighbors in Oldham County are worried about a proposed cell tower that could pop up right in the middle of an area rich in history.

Pewee Valley officials say a proposal for a cell tower is currently in front of the zoning commission.

The tower would be built on property owned by the Salem Assembly of God Church. The site is between two historic corridors right in the middle of town.

Turn-of-the-century homes line Ash Avenue in Pewee Valley. Their architectural significance landed the area on the National Register of Historic Places.

"This whole town is wrapped around history," said Bob Rogers, mayor of Pewee Valley.

And soon, the homes could be wrapped around a demand for better, faster connectivity.

"Their backyards will all face to the cell tower that's going to be located at the Salem Assembly of God property," said Michelle Pisano, who lives in the historic district.

Church officials didn't want to go on camera, but confirmed that they were approached by a major cell phone provider. The company told them the tower would be a "monopole" -- something they describe as a thin, more discreet tower.

But for the mayor -- and the city council -- even a slim frame isn't acceptable. They voted to band together and fight the tower.

"This is a high-tech community," said Rogers. "It's just that location for a cell tower is not a good location."

With a passion for history, Pisano moved here 15 years ago from Philadelphia.

"I just sort of found the perfect place that I could call home," Pisano said.

Her home backs right into the church property.

"You are going to walk out of your house, look out at your yard, and you're going to see a cellular communications tower 90 feet in the air," she said.

Pisano says she was never approached by the church about their plans.

"Their congregation comes on Sunday and they worship and that's wonderful," she said. "But they leave, and the home owners -- we live here -- we see this everyday."

The church says they have yet to sign a lease or receive any money from the cell phone company.

Pastor Collard of the Salem Assembly of God tells me that he's not out to make enemies, but even he admits, here in the middle of town, he has to step outside the church in order to get cell coverage.

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