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Clarence board ponders moratorium on cell towers

The Clarence Town Board will consider a six-month moratorium on applications and processing for wireless telecommunication towers.

A special meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Several surrounding communities, including Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda, have proposed similar moratoriums while updating town codes.

Clarence Supervisor Patrick Casilio said the moratorium will allow the town to study a new communications request from Verizon.

He said the town has many neighborhoods with underground services and the town still is unclear if this request would allow Verizon to begin putting new above-ground poles in the right-of-ways on these sites.

Casilio said the moratorium will give the town time to put in place the proper laws to regulate requests from telecommunications providers.

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