Company representative Bob Clutter told the board they are planning to erect a freestanding, 190-foot tower behind the tractor pull area on the east side of the fairgrounds. The company is hoping to lease an area measuring 80 feet by 80 feet from the fair board.
Fair board President Ken Heeke attended Tuesday night's meeting and said fair officials support Verizon's plan.
BZA member Jinsie Bingham asked if the tower would be lighted at night, to which Clutter responded that the Federal Aviation Administration does not require lights for towers less than 200 feet tall.
Another concern among BZA members was lightning strikes during fair time. Verizon officials in attendance at Tuesday's meeting said the tower would be grounded, which they believe would minimize the risk that lightning could strike people attending the nearby fair.
Secondly, they requested the tower be allowed to exceed the 120-foot maximum tower height in the current zoning ordinance. And thirdly, they requested the setback for the tower of 200 feet from the property line, be reduced to 50 feet due to the existing property lines in the area.
The board approved all the requests unanimously, but Heeke said the lease for the land itself, has been approved by the fair board but is awaiting a secondary review.
Verizon officials said the reason for the tower is to improve cell phone coverage in the area. There was no word on when they actually plan to erect the tower.
The city BZA meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at city hall.