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Controversial Bull Valley cell tower project fizzles out

Petition withdrawn to plant 120-foot tower on land owned by Franks family

The company that wanted to build a 120-foot cell tower and lease it to Verizon on a slice of Bull Valley land owned by Herbert and David Franks has withdrawn its petition to complete the project.

Village President Emily Berendt shared the news in an email sent to Bull Valley residents Saturday.

“SAC Wireless, Herbert Franks and David Franks, petitioners for a special use and variance for a cell tower at 1015 Ridge Road, Bull Valley, have requested cancellation of their petition,” she wrote. “Therefore, that petition is no longer before the village, and no further hearings or meetings on this petition are scheduled.”

Residents had disapproved of efforts by Schaumburg-based SAC Wireless to build the tower, worried that the tower would lower their property values in an area already stocked with dozens of towers.

About 100 Bull Valley residents packed the Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus on June 25 to share their concerns with Bull Valley officials and Jeremy Boone, a representative of the company that wanted to construct the tower.

SAC officials were not available for comment Saturday.

The property is owned by a trust composed of lawyers Herbert Franks and David Franks – the father and brother, respectively, of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks. The Northwest Herald could not reach the Frankses for comment Saturday.

In a June interview, Herbert Franks said the opposition to the proposed cell tower is a product of “NIMBYism” – a cheeky reference to McHenry County residents who complain about projects proposed nears their homes.

Bull Valley resident Janet Ring said she is “happily surprised” by the news the cell tower will no longer go up.

“I feel really glad that’s not going to mar the landscape,” Ring said.

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