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Proposed cell tower too close to Lancaster public park, says critic

A cellular tower – Lancaster's 13th – was recommended for approval Tuesday by the town Planning Board – but the endorsement was not unanimous.

The State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) meeting took place before the Town Board's work session and regular meeting.

Joseph Keefe, an attorney who sits on the Planning Board, was vocal in his concern over the impact of a 125-foot tower constructed by Upstate Cellular for Blue Wireless at 255 Peppermint Road near Ransom Road.

"The location is on private property within 110 feet of Walden Pond, a town park that contains a public ball field," said Keefe. "If you allow the tower, we must explore ways to camouflage it or conceal it."

Matt Fishione, code enforcement officer, said the town's 12 cellular towers did not include those in the villages of Lancaster and Depew.

"You really have to think about the future," said Keefe. "What happens when technology changes and cell towers become obsolete?"

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