“I want to know whether this would be something that the public would be interested in, helping to benefit the southern end of town where they don’t have what this end of town does,” Stevens said. “We’ve got high-speed internet, FiOS and Time Warner, and all that kind of communication. Also it would help out for emergencies.”
The cost of the tower has not been finalized, but Stevens guessed it would cost between $150,000 and $175,000. How Spafford will finance the tower also has not been finalized.
“If we haven’t surveyed how many people are interested in this, without a survey, is this necessary?” Sheahan asked. “That’s what the taxpayers are going to ask.” He also questioned where the revenue from the tower would go and how Spafford residents would benefit.
“It’s just like a landlord-tenant relationship,” Paul said. The tower company pays rent to the town to build the structure on the town’s land, he explained, cellphone carriers pay rent to the tower company to put their antennas on the tower, and cellphone holders pay their carriers to use their services. Additional revenue from the carriers goes back to the town as well.
Stevens said he’d like to have a work session with the board to see if there is interest in further pursuing the tower construction, and if the board does want to push forward, there will be a public hearing on the matter.
Spafford residents who attended the meeting also expressed a desire to hear information from other tower companies.
In other business:
-- The town board decided that Spafford will participate in Earth Day on April 12 and 13, and that the Transfer Station will remain open on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. from May 15 through Oct. 2.
Cheryl Seligman is an editorial intern at Eagle Newspapers. She can be reached at email@example.com.