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Village agrees to cell tower for Hanover

After a lengthy environmental review statement, the Silver Creek Village Board voted to let Verizon Wireless install a tower on Town of Hanover property on Hanover Street in Silver Creek.

Trustee Anthony Borrello cast the only vote against the motion. He said after the meeting that he was not satisfied that enough studies had been performed on the potential health risks posed by the tower, that the technology was too new to be sure that there were no risks.

"It may not be while I am here, but it may affect our children," said Borrello.

Hanover Town Supervisor Kathy Tampio reviewed the revenues generated by the tower operations. In addition to a monthly fee of $1,200 to be paid to the town, the village will collect permit fees, and all municipalities will collect a form of taxes paid on commercial use. The town will get a 3 percent annual increase in the fees.

Tampio said that if the village did not approve the project, it could be built on private property where none of the revenues from the leases would be payable to the taxpayers.

Verizon expects to construct the tower in the spring and should have it in use early next summer. Other companies may also use the tower, but no formal proposals from other cellular companies have been received by Verizon.

Negotiations have been opened with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office to locate an antenna on the tower.

Also approved was a site plan that would change the driveway from the original proposal and a special-use permit for the tower height and set-back requirements.
In other business:

* The firm of Moore and Myott was hired to do an audit of fiscal 2003 in order to comply with regulations related to large federal grants the village received in 2003.

* Elizabeth Turzillo, former mayor and a village resident, asked the board members to support TLC Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving and help retain acute care beds. A state commission recommended the decertification of 40 of the center's medical-surgical beds.

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