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BATAVIA BALKS AT PLANS FOR WEATHER TOWER

The National Weather Service radar tower that Clarence residents turned down may not be getting clearance to land at the Genesee County Airport.

Some Town of Batavia and Genesee County lawmakers compared notes in Clarence Town Hall Monday night with the Clarence Town Board and citizens who successfully opposed the tower in Clarence last year.

"We felt we did not want that center on the Clarence site," said Clarence Supervisor Irving "Skip" Grenzebach.

"They have to prove it's safe; we don't have to prove it's unsafe," added Councilman John F. Love.

The National Weather Service is planning a 4,500- to 5,000-square-foot building with a radar dome and tower. The new facility, one of four in the state, would be built on a two-acre site at the Genesee County Airport on East Saile Drive. Batavia was chosen for the new weather station because of its easy access and the absence of ground clutter that would interfere with the radar. The National Weather Service hopes to move out of its station at Buffalo International Airport in about two years.

Some Genesee County lawmakers said they believe the facility is being forced on them, and they want more facts about it.

County Legislator Florence E. Gioia said the announcement of the new facility came from the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency.

"The IDA didn't give us any information," she said. "There wasn't to be a discussion."

Some Batavia-area officials are concerned about the possible harmful effects of microwave emissions given off by the proposed 141-foot radar tower.

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