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Cell tower poll results presented to public

Representatives of both tower companies were in attendance, including ESCO Towers Vice President Tom Butler, who pointed out that when forced to choose one site or another early in the poll, 48 percent chose his company's site off of Van Dyke Road, and 28 percent favored the Independent site on Bethlehem Central property.

"It looks like people are supporting my project over the school's project," he said.

Levy said while that result is statistically significant, the poll's most important question came later, when people were given a broader choice.

"I put more might in the final question, more than this question," he said.

The poll was bankrolled by Independent. President John Stevens said he plans to continue to pursue his company's application with the town. He said the poll was useful even though there wasn't a clear choice of site among voters.

"I think what [the poll] clarifies ... is folks want better coverage, and they realize it involves a tower," he said.

The Spotlight provided SRI with past articles, meeting minutes and interviews with reporters to help in the crafting of the questions, which the paper also reviewed before the survey began.

"We simply did this because we thought this was a good service to the public," said Spotlight Managing Editor William DeVoe. "Really, our involvement was to offer as much information as we could."

A detailed summary of the findings is available at www.spotlightnews.com.

Both tower applications are before the town's zoning and planning boards.

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