Cell tower eyed in Hazelwood
Residents in the Hazelwood community could be looking at a cell tower up close and personal if Verizon goes forward with an official request to erect one in that part of town.
Town Manager Marcy Onieal told Waynesville's governing board at Tuesday night's meeting that Verizon is researching sites, one of which is a corner of Hazelwood Park, the home of C. L. "Dutch" Fisher Field.
Located in what local folks refer to as Muddy Bottom, Dutch Fisher Field is a heavily used girls' softball field.
Named for the former Town of Hazelwood's long-time mayor who played Industrial League baseball, the ball field complex was constructed using donated time, money and material from local businesses and private citizens soon after Hazelwood Park was established.
Little League leaders chose the field's name. Fisher, Dr. Stuart Roberson and other Hazelwood leaders were responsible for bringing the Little League program to Haywood County in the 1940's.
Dr. Leroy Roberson, Waynesville alderman and son of the late Dr. Stuart Roberson, said during the meeting he would need to know exactly what portion of the property was being considered before he could comment on the issue. Alderman Wells Greeley concurred.
Hazelwood Park, located on the banks of Richland Creek, received a government grant in the late 1980s.
"I'm not sure, based on that grant, whether we can sell or lease any of that property," said Mayor Gavin Brown after Tuesday night's meeting.
Verizon has not yet made a formal request to the town to put up a cell tower within the city limits.