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140-day moratorium means no new cell towers in Amherst

No new cell towers or other wireless telecommunication facilities will be installed in Amherst for at least the next 140 days.

The Town Board on Monday night approved the temporary moratorium as town officials there grapple with how to regulate the rapidly changing wireless industry.

A newly formed committee composed of various stakeholders has been tasked with studying appropriate standards and restrictions for placement of cell towers in the public right-of-way. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the Town Board.

The moratorium halts all pending applications, including eight by Mobilitie and Sprint and a dozen by Verizon Wireless in the Willow Ridge neighborhood.

"It's a very important issue to handle properly," said Joanne A. Schultz, Amherst senior deputy town attorney. "A lot of townships are dealing with it."

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