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Tonawanda puts a moratorium on cell towers

The Town of Tonawanda temporarily put the brakes on the erection of all new cell phone towers, including monopoles or micro cell towers, by declaring a moratorium Monday night.

The moratorium was put in place until the Town Board meets with a consultant and updates the town code.

These smaller towers, which can be as small as a lamp post or a flag pole, can be located on top of a building or even be put in place in a front yard and will be instrumental in driverless car technology, said Town Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr.

James Hartz, town planning and development director, told the board Monday night that the new code will encourage more co-location on existing cell towers and also ask providers to prove why any new towers are needed.

Bargnesi said the planning board has already started updating its code and this moratorium will give them extra time to put the new code in place.

"We have adequate coverage in the town," said Bargnesi. "They are coming to our side to aim (cell phone towers) at Amherst."

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