A cellular-phone tower that generated opposition from residents was approved Wednesday night by the Evans Town Board.
In approving the request by SBA Properties, a real estate development company, to place the cell tower on land owned by Gary and Sharon Sager on Eden-Evans Center Road, the Town Board stipulated that SBA must reserve space on the tower for four additional telecommunication antennas and directed the company to return to the Planning Board for site-plan approval.
Town Board member Gifford Swyers said the Planning Board's approval of the request was contingent on certain conditions, including approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, which was granted in November.
The Planning Board also noted that the project filled a gap in regional service coverage, was consistent with the town's comprehensive plan and met all zoning requirements that apply to telecommunication facilities.
The applicant further demonstrated that placing its antennas on a tower already erected was not feasible, that the tower site is best suited for its needs and that it avoids potential conflict with Angola Airport flight patterns, the Planning Board said.
Though the board approved the request without comment, some area residents had raised opposition to the cell tower at a hearing in November.
Michael Dolinar complained at that time that the tower would be in line with his deck and would lower property values in the area.
In other business, the board approved a special-use permit for 7312 Erie Road for a used-car lot. Some of the restrictions placed on the approval include a ban on storing auto parts or accessories outside the building and a limit of 20 cars on the site. Painting or sandblasting will have to be done indoors.
The board also:
Classified a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria fleet car used by the Police Department as surplus.
Authorized payment of $500 to the Graycliff Conservancy to help defray costs of activities and cultural events.
Authorized the town Police Department to purchase three new police vehicles under a state contract. The money is in the budget, officials said.
Approved purchase of a new dump truck, through state contract, from Hanson International of Buffalo for $92,531.60.