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Law would refine cell tower standards in Clifton Park

The law allows placing communications equipment on water towers and other structures within 500 feet of existing structures.

In addition to strengthening the town code, McCarthy said, the proposed law takes into account several studies completed by the town over the past several years, including an open space plan completed in 2003 and a western Clifton Park environmental impact study.

He also said the town looked at new technology available to cell phone companies and tailored the law to the most up-to-date technologies.

The federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, overhauled the nation's telecommunications law, amending the Communications Act of 1934.

The act outlines the responsibilities of telecommunications companies including cable television and phone carriers.

McCarthy said the measures taken by the Town Board show that, "the board is thinking about cell towers comprehensively."

A public hearing is set on the new proposed law, which is available online at www.cliftonpark.org, for Monday, July 21, at 7:10 p.m.""

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