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Amherst considering moratorium on cell towers

Changing technology has the Amherst Town Board considering a moratorium on the installation of new cell towers, including newer "small cell" systems on utility poles.

The Town Board this week directed the Town Attorney's Office to draft a local law imposing a 140-day moratorium on final decisions on all applications. A public hearing on the moratorium and a vote by the board could be held as early as June 19.

The town is issuing a request for proposals from wireless telecommunication consultants and agreed to form a Wireless Telecommunications Advisory Committee made up of town officials, residents and industry representatives.

Residents of the Willow Ridge neighborhood this week told the board they have safety concerns about Verizon Wireless' plan to install in their area a dozen small cells, which are a fraction of the size of large monopole towers.

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