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The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees unanimously denied an application to put six cell antennas on an existing tower location on Maple Place.

It is not often a local municipality denies cell antenna applications since wireless communications are regulated by the federal government. However, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the village trustees believe that the application would have violated village code and had to be denied.

MetroPCS New York, LLC applied for a special use permit to install six antennas on three mounts on the existing 255-foot tower on Maple Place at a height of 157 feet, 5 inches. The village board of trustees held hearings on Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

Last Wednesday, village attorney John Spellman read the decision of the board. According to the decision, a large, mature maple tree once shielded the tower from the view of neighboring residences. The tree, therefore, provided a buffer between the commercial use of the property and the residential homes. However, the owner of the property saw fit to remove the tree and expose the stark tower to the neighbors, the decision stated. "No application has been made by the owner of the property to develop a stealth design for the existing panels on the tower. They remain as hovering structures above people's homes, negatively impacting the quality of their lives," read Spellman from the decision.

In addition, according to the decision, the tower had reached the maximum number of antennas it could hold. Any additional antennas would compromise the integrity of the tower, according to the board's decision. The installation of another six antennas would, therefore, require an expansion of the tower. Since the tower is a non-conforming structure, an expansion of it would be in violation of village code.

"The existing tower is a non-conforming structure. This board is unwilling to permit the alteration of the structure. The existing use of the tower is a non-conforming use. The existing tower is currently at its maximum panel population with respect to its structural integrity. This board is unwilling to permit the overpopulation of panels on the tower," the decision stated.

The village's board of trustees held a hearing on an application to put an AAMCO transmission station and parking lot on 35 Arlington Road adjacent to the Entenmann's. The facility is currently operated by Ken Berry at 285 Jericho Turnpike. It had been stated at the hearing that Berry has been an excellent neighbor at his current location. He is hoping to move to 35 Arlington Road in an abandoned premise. Some residents of Arlington Road, however, expressed some concerns that the location would bring an increase in noise and additional traffic to the residential street. The board of trustees closed the hearing and will consider the application before rendering a decision. Application for Acupuncture Clinic Denied The board of trustees unanimously denied an application for an acupuncture clinic for 208 Willis Avenue. Mayor Martins said he had concerns about the layout of the facility that were not addressed. The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees will be holding a public meeting tonight, April 15 at village hall, 155 Washington Avenue. There will be work session at 6:30 p.m. and a public meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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