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Balloon tests scheduled

While both Independent and ESCO, the two companies vying to build a cell phone tower in Delmar, have conducted their own balloon float tests, on Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31, there will be simultaneous balloon floats from the two sites.

ESCO floated balloons on Friday, July 23, over private land off of Van Dyke Road. The balloon pictured is at 120 feet. ESCO will also fly a balloon at 150 feet at the next test, which would be the maximum height the tower could be extended to under their current application. Their site plan, however, is calling for a 120-foot tower.

Independent will float balloons at 90 and 120 feet, for their tower's sought height and the expandable height.

The floats will occur from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, though the tests may be called off early if winds are too high to ensure an accurate tests. In the event of inclement weather, the first test would be held Aug. 1 and the second Aug. 2.

Check spotlightnews.com for updates on test cancellations."

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