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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

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Farmingdale residents are being urged to use caution when answering the doorbell due to ongoing concerns of imposters posing as utility workers. On Aug. 19, officials with the South Farmingdale Water District—covering the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Seaford, North Massapequa and Massapequa Park communities—sent out an advisory warning customers not to let anyone into their homes claiming to be a water district employee without first showing photo identification. The advisory was sent as a safety precaution, instructing residents to immediately contact the police if they are suspicious of anyone identifying his or herself as a “water district” employee.

According to the South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners, it is rare for any water district employees to show up at a home or business unannounced in order to read a water meter or confirm a leak, as most, if not all, residential visits are done by appointment.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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