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TONAWANDA TOWN BOARD TO AIR TOWER MORATORIUM

The Tonawanda Town Board will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall on whether to impose an up to 120-day moratorium on cellular towers to give officials time to develop guidelines and policies regarding the towers, Supervisor Carl J. Calabrese said.

Calabrese said no telecommunication companies have sought to build cell towers in the town, but that the popularity of the new technology makes it likely that the issue will come up within the next few years.

"This might be a burning issue in the very near future and we don't want to be in the position of not being ready," Calabrese said.

Construction of cellular towers, some of which reach 150 feet high, have been controversial in several local communities, including Buffalo, Amherst and Orchard Park. Many localities in Erie County and elsewhere have imposed, or plan to impose, moratoriums on the towers while the issue is
studied.

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