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Land Purchase For Local Cell Tower

BOT transfers monies from contingency fund

A long, hot summer, one that put Massapequa in the national news in a most unwanted way, is coming to an end.

At its last meeting of the summer, the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees dealt with the usual special permit issues, along with such fall issues as the 2012 Homecoming Parade. The BOT also authorized the village administrator to grant permission to Cablevision to solicit at residential homes in the village.

The BOT’s main concern of business was the installation of a 150-ft. Verizon cell tower on Sunrise Highway. The BOT had debated the issue at an earlier meeting and on Aug. 27, they approved a purchase of a parcel of land to install such a structure. Village officials said the BOT also approved a budget transfer of $5,000 from the village’s contingency account to purchase the land.

The land is only described as Section 57, Block 59, part of Lot 4B, a parcel previously owned by Nassau County. Village officials could not say when the cell tower would be in operation. The Sunrise Highway location is adjacent to a Long Island Rail Road parking lot; one located between the highway and the LIRR tracks.

The purchase is only happening because Verizon’s previous contract with the Massapequa Water District expired at the end of August. Village of Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna had hoped for a compromise agreement between the two parties. That didn’t happen and now the village will accommodate the communications giant.

The 1996 Federal Communications Act allows the FCC to preempt local municipalities that might have reservations about the construction of such cell towers. Massapequa village officials are hardly the first ones in Nassau County to voice their misgivings over such an expansion of federal powers.

In other news, the Cablevision permission allows that company’s representatives to solicit door-to-door in residential neighborhoods if they so desire. The annual 2012 Massapequa High School Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, at which time the Chiefs should be sporting another winning record. The BOT also approved sign permits for Sugar Rush Baker, Phountain and Maggie’s On The Park, the latter of which has also been approved for an outside table. The BOT has approved a storage container permit for a residence on Harbor Lane.