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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 26, 2009

Service in Clarksville?

By Saranac Hale Spencer

NEW SCOTLAND — Since the Bethlehem Central School District has declined to allow the placement of a cellular transmission tower on the property of Clarksville’s elementary school, the town of New Scotland has been approached by two companies looking to site towers in the area.

Independent Towers Holdings LLC has been granted the right for entry and testing on town land that used to hold a dump and is now used as a transfer station, Supervisor Thomas Dolin said this week.  He is expecting to also get a proposal from the same company that built a tower in the cemetery behind the New Scotland Presbyterian Church on Route 85, called Enterprise Consulting Solutions.

The companies have also approached private landowners, Dolin said, so he is unsure of what the outcome will be.

Of health concerns related to the towers, Dolin said, “I want to be sensitive to that issue.”

He also emphasized the lack of cell phone service in the area and said, “There is a crying need for broadband service in Clarksville,” since only those along state highways can get access from Time Warner.  A cellular tower could provide that, he said.

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