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BOARD ADOPTS LAW REGULATING CELLULAR PHONE TOWERS

The Depew Village Board Monday adopted a local law to help regulate the installation and operation of cellular phone towers.

The law limits installation of phone towers to industrial zoned areas.

In addition, it would keep a 150-foot tower at least 300 feet from residential property and 500 feet from any church, school or historic area.

Applicants would need to get a special-use permit to erect a tower in a non-industrial zone, according to the law.

The board also approved the following cell tower fees: tower application review, $1,500; fee per antenna, $500; antenna application review, $500, plus any applicable engineering or legal fees.

By delaying the approval until Monday, Mayor Robert Kucewicz said, the board was able to learn from other communities that have passed similar laws.

"In waiting to pass this law, we were able to pick and choose some of the good things and eliminate some of the bad things," Kucewicz said.

The village has not received any formal applications from cell phone companies but has received several tower application inquiries.

In other business, the board's Recreation Committee scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building on Manitou Street on the village's master parks and recreation plan.

The board also agreed to reschedule its next meeting from 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 to Oct. 14 due to the Columbus Day holiday.

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