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Hamburg sets moratorium on cell towers

Hamburg Town Board members approved a six-month moratorium on cell towers and micro-cells, after the town saw an increase in discussions and inquiries about them.

"The impetus behind this is the micro-cells," Supervisor Steven Walters said.

The town's telecommunications law does not address the smaller micro cell towers, which can be as small as a lamp post or a flagpole, and can be located on top of a building or in a front yard. The moratorium will give the town time to change its law to incorporate regulations regarding the smaller antennas.

There were two applications for conventional cell towers submitted after Aug. 21, when the board first proposed the moratorium, but they will not be affected by the moratorium, which went into effect Monday, when the board approved the measure.


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