Verizon speaks at public hearing for micro-cell antenna

A Verizon representative shows a town resident the details regarding the antenna’s aesthetics at a public hearing on May 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A Verizon representative shows a town resident the details regarding the antenna’s aesthetics at a public hearing on May 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A public hearing was held at Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting to discuss a proposed micro-cell antenna that could be erected on top on Sams Club.

Verizon Wireless wants to erect a 51” single panel antenna on top of Sams Club to reduce congestion on the company’s macro cell tower at 2111 Walden Avenue.  The short range antenna will be used by Verizon customers who are shopping around the Consumer Square shopping plaza.

Around five residents who live around the plaza were worried about the antenna’s aesthetics and health impacts.

A Verizon representative told Councilmembers that the antenna will sit below the existing air conditioning units on the building’s roof and will be painted a color to blend in with the existing structure.  The antenna will operate below 1% of the recommended maximum exposure standards.

The board is expected to vote on Verizon’s special use permit at an upcoming meeting.

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