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New communication towers to be built in Scott

Two new 195-foot communications towers have been approved for construction in the Town of Scott, with groundbreaking expected in spring 2013, announced Jeff Paul, owner of TCT Tower Services, LLC., which will build the towers.

The Scott Planning Board approved the first site, located near the intersection of State Route 41 and Military Road, on June 20, 2012. The initial proposal was presented on April 18, 2012.

The site is strategically located on the ridge at the south end of Skaneateles Lake near the intersection of the Counties of Cayuga, Onondaga and Cortland. The coverage reaches from the village of Skaneateles to the north, along the Route 41 corridor south to Cortland with additional coverage to the west into the Bear Swamp and Summer Hill State forest area south of Moravia.

The second site was approved on Aug. 15, 2012, and is located at the end of Simon Road on the eastern edge of the Scott township. This site is at 1,850 feet above sea level and has extensive long range coverage. The purpose of this site was to cover the areas within the town of Scott that the first site could not cover, specifically Cold Brook and Long Roads. Due to the geographically challenging terrain of the area, multiple sites were required.

This tower will cover the Interstate 81 corridor from north of Tully, south to Marathon, all of the city of Cortland and along Route 13 all the way to Ithaca, west to the area between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, and to the East of Cazenovia, reaching north into the Baldwinsville and Oneida Lake Areas.

TCT does not expect to break ground on the project until spring of 2013, Paul said. There are multiple federal and state compliance requirements that must be met prior to construction. This time period will also allow for marketing of the sites for tenant lease-up.

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