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Proposed cell tower in Tonawanda's Brighton Park may improve police communications

The Town of Tonawanda is working with state legislative representatives and Blue Wireless to allow the company to erect a new wireless tower in Brighton Park, including an antenna that will address the intermittent loss of police communications in the north end of the town.

"We've been trying for three or four years to get a repeater put up which gives us a larger coverage area and makes transmissions clearer," said town police Chief Jerome C. Uschold.

As part of negotiations, Blue Wireless will also provide Wi-Fi to firefighters at the town's Fire Tower Training Center on Fire Tower Drive.

The town is asking for state lawmakers to "alienate" a piece of park land, sized 50 by 50 feet, in Brighton Park for the wireless tower. As part of the process of alienation, the town would designate a similar-sized lot as park land in the North Youngmann Commerce Center.

Supervisor Joseph Emminger said he hopes lawmakers approve the alienation before the legislative session ends in June.

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