The cell-phone dead zone along Route 52 between Liberty and Fallsburg will be eliminated, thanks to a decision by the Fallsburg Planning Board to approve a new cell tower – the Times Herald Record reports.
Board members voted unanimously to allow the 120-foot tower despite hearing some concerns from the public about possible health risks and a flashing beacon atop the structure.
Recognizing residents’ objection to new flashing lights, the board asked representatives for Cellco Partnership, the Verizon Wireless affiliate directing this project, that the strobe be activated only when conditions make it difficult to see the tower.
Cellco’s attorney, Brian Matula, also said that concerns about radiation exposure are unwarranted, at ground level the electromagnetic exposure “would be substantially below 1% of the (FCC’s) exposure limits.”
(Source: Times Herald Record)