Residents Upset; T-Mobile Wants to Build Tower in Cemetery

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Some Mayfield Heights residents object to the possibility that T-Mobile USA could build a 140-foot-tall cell phone tower in a Masonic cemetery.

The company has started negotiations with officials of that Cleveland suburb and the Acacia Memorial Park.

Cemetery director Jim Matilo says the tower would be built in a maintenance area, not on top of any graves, and would be disguised as a flagpole.

But some residents aren't satisfied with that plan and are calling it inappropriate.

Mayor Gregory Costabile says he's aware of the concerns and hopes to work out a compromise while meeting this week with residents and representatives from the cell phone provider.