Verona board OKs cell tower on town property
VERONA —A resolution was passed at the Verona Town Board meeting on Monday, subjecting a proposed cell tower at the Verona Town Office to a permissive referendum.
Verona Supervisor Scott Musacchio said Tarpon Towers II, LLC approached the town of Verona about a year ago with a proposal to build a new cell tower. “They want to put it in the back corner of our property, which is currently unused, and would pay us a lease amount each year,” Musacchio said.
A lease has been negotiated, Musacchio said, and the next step is to bring the matter to a permissive referendum. Musacchio said if no one takes legal action against the town in 30 days, the project would move forward to the next step and go before the Zoning and Planning Board and get approval.
“But I don’t know why would anyone object to it,” the supervisor said. “It’s a 50 by 50 square area in the back corner of our property. It’s not hindering anyone else’s property.”
Should the cell tower be constructed, Tarpon would pay an annual starting rent of $15,000 with a 2% annual increase.
“Honestly, it’ll be a good revenue source that would help the town with any revenue shortfalls,” Musacchio said. “We’d use it for constructive purposes around the town.” For more information, visit townverona.digitaltowpath.org:10032.
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