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Spafford looks into new cell tower

The town of Spafford is looking into building a new cell-phone tower to provide better cell service to its residents.

The tower would create better cell phone service for the area, especially those who live near the shores of Otisco Lake and Skaneateles Lake. Many people out by the lakes have “minimal or non-existent” cell service in their homes, said town supervisor Webb Stevens.

The best location for the tower would be on Ripley Hill, one of the highest locations in Onondaga County at about 1,900 feet above sea level. The town would have to purchase at least four acres of land and following zoning law before it could build, Stevens said.

In addition to poor cell service, Spafford doesn’t have a lot of options for internet and television either. Though there is some cable service in Spafford, many residents can’t get cable or high-speed internet, meaning they have to use dial-up internet or pay for satellite which is more expensive, Stevens said.

The town will hear from a contractor who will provide information about how much the tower would cost to build and what kind of service it would provide at its next meeting on March 14. Stevens encourages any interested residents to attend the meeting or contact the town office with thoughts about the potential project. “I would like to get a little more feedback to see if this is something people want,” he said.

The town board also released a contract for bids for mowing town properties in 2013 at its Feb. 14 meeting. This includes land owned by the town such as cemeteries and parks.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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