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The Tonawanda Town Board Monday approved a moratorium of up to 180 days on cellular towers, saying time is needed to determine what local regulations should govern the rapidly developing new technology.

The board took the action after a brief public hearing, at which a representative of Sprint offered to provide technical and other assistance. No one spoke in opposition or support of the moratorium. Supervisor Carl J. Calabrese said no communication companies have yet applied to build the large cellular towers that have upset residents in Buffalo, Amherst and other localities.

He said, however, that he expects such requests in the coming years and that the board wants to be prepared.

In other business, the board adopted new parks and recreation fees, most of which rose only a few dollars, and approved buying -- for $1 -- an old school bus from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District that will be used for the town's youth programs.

In another matter, Councilman Ronald H. Moline urged residents to pile leaves for pickup between the sidewalk and curb, instead of in the street.

Sweeping or blowing leaves into the street clogs gutters and causes other problems. Officials are particularly worried now that Halloween is around the corner, saying piles of leaves in the streets draw youngsters, posing a potentially serious hazard, Moline said.

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