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Wales Town Board sends plans for parking lot, cell tower to Planning Board

Separate proposals to build a parking lot and a cell tower in the Town of Wales are heading to the Planning Board for review.

The projects were handed off last week after council members determined that variances from local zoning codes are required before developers may proceed.

Safety concerns led to deferring a decision on the cell tower.

Verizon Wireless hopes to construct a 184-foot tower on property owned by Fine Line Collision, 12860 Big Tree Road.

However, Town Attorney Ronald Bennett said the project requires a variance because the tower’s “fall zone” is inadequate.

The fall zone is a distance 1½ times greater than the height of the tower and ensures a safe area should the tower collapse.

Bennett said the plan submitted to the town “doesn’t appear to even be close to” the required 276 feet.

Councilman Michael Simon agreed that the project needs a variance before it’s approved. “My initial determination is this application isn’t complete,” he said.

A second project submitted by Promised Land Inc. to construct a parking lot to serve as storage for a local car dealership also was sent to the Planning Board.

Supervisor Rickey Venditti said Bennett and the Town Board couldn’t find a similar land use within the town, so they deferred to the Planning Board to determine if a variance is needed.

Promised Land hopes to build the lot on a parcel of land at Mike Lina Paving, 11166 Big Tree Road, measuring approximately 300 feet by 325 feet.

“They’re looking to store approximately 300 cars for a dealership on the lot,” Venditti said.

In other business, the board:

• Renewed its cable television contract with Time Warner for 10 years, expiring in 2025.

• Announced that a hearing concerning a ban on the use of sewer sludge will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 in Town Hall.