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Legislature Supports Intermunicipal Cell Tower Initiative

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Legislature Supports Intermunicipal Cell Tower Initiative

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera was excused) authorized County participation in an intermunicipal project, initiated by several municipalities through the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) to examine a more coordinated approach than currently exists to the issue of cellular tower sitings. The municipalities have selected the firm of Silverberg Zalantis, of Tarrytown, NY, to provide legal advice on issues related to the siting of cellular towers and related ordinance issues.

The Legislature's action "recognizes that issues of cellular communications affect all residents and visitors and that coordinated action of multiple municipalities is more efficient and effective than separate and disconnected efforts." It expresses the County's desire to participate in the intermunicipal project "to support enhanced cell service with the fewest possible new cell towers at the most appropriate locations;" pledges to contribute up to $1,500 as share of the $10,250 base contract; and offers to serve as fiscal agent to collect municipal contributions and handle contract administration.