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Village To Limit Cell Towers

Elected officials in the Village of Farmingdale are looking to pass legislation that will restrict cellphone providers such as AT&T and Verizon from putting any antenna, beacon or tower on private property.

“The village relies on the cellphone tower revenue,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “These rich cellphone providers can easily pay the fees.”  

According to Ekstrand, the village makes approximately $200,000 in non-taxpayer revenue from the cellphone service providers’ use of its facilities. He said that every once in a while, service providers attempt to renegotiate contracts with threats of relocating wireless telecommunication facilities from atop municipally-owned water towers onto private property.  

“If [service providers] want to play hardball,” Ekstrand said. “We’re going to make it so you can’t put [cell towers] up on a private building.”

Village attorney Claudio Debellis said that the proposed legislation includes several requirements that any cellphone service provider is mandated to adhere to in order to erect a cell tower within the village borders.

“It makes [service providers] look to other places without 20-page ordinances,” Debellis remarked. “There are hefty fees and penalties if they don’t comply.”

According to the proposed law, any person who attempts to erect or modify a wireless telecommunication facility without the necessary permits or permissions shall be punished by a fine up to $5,000 or imprisonment of up to 30 days or both.

Trustees say the bill needs some minor tweaks before it's ready for presentation, but the board anticipates voting on the proposal at the next meeting, scheduled for after press time, on June 2.

News

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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