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Church, neighbors spar over cell tower

Woroby said the church was first approached with the idea in 2006.

Mike Rosch, director of the building department, said notice was given after the 2008 hearing when the application was first brought to the town, and it was included in the town's designated newspaper The Spotlight, posted in Town Hall and at the church.

The Town of Colonie Zoning Board passed a variance to allow a Verizon cell phone tower at the Loudonville Presbyterian Church in June 2009.

Town attorney Mike Magguilli said the town adopted a telecommunications law in October that limits applications to town property and would have prevented the tower from going up at the church, but it does not apply to this project since the application was made before the law was adopted.

"The wireless community fought us tooth and nail on this," he said.

The planning board will have final site approval, and the plan will not go before the Town Board, Magguilli said.

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