Thursday, September 5, 2013

Do Holiday Traditions Trump Cell Towers?

The members of Buffalo, New York are in quite a conundrum deciding whether or not they should allow a cell phone company to place antennas on top of the Long Avenue water tower or not. Usually the ongoing opposition to such improvements is due to aesthetics, but this time the town members are concerned whether they will be able to light the star atop the water tower as part of their long standing holiday tradition.

The town doesn’t want to dismiss this offer right away because Blue Wireless is offering to pay them $3,000 a month to place antennas on the water towers: the Long Avenue tower and the Janice Place towers. “It’s an opportunity we don’t want to miss out on,” Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said. (Source: Buffalo News)

However, their main concern is whether or not they will be able to light the star this holiday season. The star stands about 15-feet high on the blue water tower.  “That star has been up there for almost 50 years,” Deputy Mayor Thomas Tallman said.

The town is working alongside Blue Wireless to come up with a solution that satisfies everyone. Town officials would like a mock up of what the tower would look like with extra antennas to see how it affected the star before a final decision is made.

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