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2017-02-16 / Front Page

Town Board hears residents’ worries on tower


At Monday’s Town Board meeting, a presentation by Keith Szen, a Woodgate Drive resident, expressed growing concerns amongst a group of residents who oppose the construction of a potential 10-story cell tower.

Up State Tower Construction Co. and Blue Wireless have been planning to erect a 135-foot tower at the Southline Athletic Association baseball and softball complex on North Seine Drive.

“I speak on behalf of myself and several members of our neighborhood to address our concerns to the Town Board and ultimately give you reasons to say no to this application,” Szen said.

Szen made three points to the Town Board on why members should say no to the location of the tower: the safety of children who play on the diamonds, issues with a deed restriction, and the submission of an incomplete application to the town.

In December, a review was headed by Richard A. Comi of the Center for Municipal Solutions for the application that was submitted by Up State and Blue Wireless. Several inaccuracies and missing information were discovered in the application, which Szen highlighted in his presentation.

According to a deed restriction, which stems from the West Seneca School District’s sale of the land in 1985, “any use of this site should be limited to recreational purposes only and in line with the goals described in Southline Athletic Association’s incorporation as a not-for-profit corporation in 1975.”

Council Member James Rogowski said an alternate site was offered by the town on Feb. 7 at 500 Losson Road, and Szen said he hopes the board can look into this and avoid the proposed Southline location.

“We feel this has an adverse impact on the residential neighborhood and can obviously now be avoided with the acceptance of this alternate site that the town has put forward,” Szen said. “We feel the deed restriction prohibits the construction of this tower on this property, and the application does not comply with all requirements of town codes.”

If and when a completed application gets sent to the town, Supervisor Diane Benczkowski assured Szen that concerned residents will be properly notified.

“The location and safety of this tower is a primary concern,” Szen said. “It introduces an inherently unsafe tower onto recreational ball fields, which children are playing on daily during the summer.”

The next Town Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

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