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No cell tower for St. Armand this year

July 14, 2010
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

BLOOMINGDALE - St. Armand won't be getting a cell phone tower this year, it looks like.

Verizon's state Adirondack Park Agency permit to build a tower on Reservoir Lane has been approved and is good for three years, but the 84.5-foot tower is not on this year's build list, St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency said at Tuesday evening's board meeting.

"There was a hint we'd be on next year's building program, but I don't have anything in writing," Morency said.

One possible reason the St. Armand tower is not on this year's build list is that it's about 15 feet too short for Verizon to make extra money by co-locating another provider's antenna on the tower. If this tower were to be made 100 feet tall, that would require Verizon to apply for another APA permit.

Much of the town, including the Four Corners area, has no cell phone reception; the same goes for many surrounding areas of Gabriels and the town of Franklin. On state Route 3 heading toward Saranac Lake, reception comes back somewhere before Trudeau Sand and Gravel.

Initial planning for the project started in 2007. When it's built, Verizon would pay to build the tower and then pay the town about $12,000 a year - almost 2 percent of the town's $660,187 property tax levy for 2010. It will cause no expenses to the town.



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