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No decision on Muttontown cell antennas

A decision on whether to refit three utility poles on Muttontown Road with equipment to improve cellphone service was again delayed Tuesday after a vote to approve the application failed.

Muttontown trustee Salvatore Benisatto sought to end a heated, hours-long public hearing — which began at last month’s village board meeting and continued Tuesday — and approve the installation, but a motion to do both failed, 2-2, with one abstaining vote and two trustees absent.

The bid by Houston-based wireless communications company Crown Castle will next be considered at the April meeting.

Crown Castle is currently modifying 17 poles on nearby state-controlled roads. That system is set to be operational on March 31, the company said.

Residents on Tuesday questioned whether additional units on Muttontown Road are necessary to improve cellphone signals.

Mayor Julianne Beckerman said she wants to wait until April after the 17 already-approved units are up and running to determine whether they alone will remedy spotty reception.

Also Tuesday, David Spektor, an engineer hired as a consultant to the village, assured residents that radio frequency associated with the antenna network was not immediately dangerous.


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