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Hanover board hears questions on recent changes in cell tower law

The Town Board on Monday heard reaction to recently passed changes in a local law that would allow coexisting antennas on cellphone towers, after receiving no public comments when the board approved them.

Geraldine Newton, who lives near a cell tower on Seneca Road, said board members in 1996 had assured her that there would be only one antenna allowed on the tower. She said she found out through newspaper articles too late that the old law was going to be changed.

She said she was concerned about electronic emissions from the tower. Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro said the federal government has ruled that this is not an issue.

He also said the board had the right to consider changes to the local law after proper publication of the proposed changes in a legal notice.

Supervisor Todd Johnson told Newton that he will contact the cellphone company to see if he can get emission information. He said he would discuss the changes to the tower with anyone in the Seneca Road neighborhood.

In other matters:

*Several plow trucks had to be readied Monday as heavy snow hit from Overheiser Road south to Route 39. Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo said the plows had been dismantled, but his crews put them back together in about two hours Sunday in anticipation of the storm.

D'Angelo said his crews were instructed to use a heavy mix of salt and sand as the snow was thick in the affected areas.

*Several utility workers were hired for the town's boat launch. Town Board members decided that a fee of $7 would be charged to anyone using the fish cleaning station who did not pay for a boat launch.