Cell tower tabled while rezoning approved by Evans Town Board

ANGOLA — One item was tabled while another was approved at the Evans Town Board meeting earlier this month.

The first item was a special use permit issue regarding Verizon erecting a new tower. A representative for Verizon was on hand to address the board and any concerns regarding the proposed 149-foot cellphone tower at 7929 Dennis Road in Evans.

Two questions were raised by the public concerning the tower. The first was regarding the environmental impact of a tower at that location. The second issue was coverage of internet via each individual’s cellphone.

The Verizon representative said it would allow cellphone internet coverage in Evans and help boost a gap in 4G coverage in that area from west to east for about a mile and a half. The board tabled the issue until it heard back from the town Planning Board.

The second item was regarding three parcels of land at 8996 Erie Road to be rezoned from residential to general business.

The board passed the resolution, despite concerns from the public. Several residents told the town board flooding was an issue on these parcels.

A member of the Planning Board addressed the town board stating the reasoning behind the recommendation to rezone these parcels was simple: If anyone wanted to develop these parcels, they would have to come before the town Planning Board and town board regarding water redirection in that area. If the parcels remained residential, any developer could do what they wanted with the water on these parcels.