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Smithtown: New ZBA member, cell tower OKd

The Smithtown Town Board granted approval for a

The Smithtown Town Board granted approval for a new cell phone tower. Credit: Google Maps

At Smithtown’s monthly board meeting Tuesday:

* Steven Gargiulo was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Dominic Salerno decided not to be reappointed.

* Kathy Calderola complained at the public speaking session about actions of St. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in Saint James, which is situated in front of her home on Clinton Avenue. She complained that trash containers are rolled over asphalt all night long, and a loudspeaker atop the church’s school is directed toward the Calderola’s home and plays loud music each day. Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said he would contact public safety to help remedy the situation.

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* Three public hearings were held. One was for a special exception to expand a children’s facility on Austin Boulevard in Commack. Another hearing was about eliminating small stand-alone sheds in the floor area ratio considered for building permits. A third hearing was held on changes to the code for density flow rights (which allows building on one parcel without sewer approval when another parcel is sanitized from such use), including simpler, clearer definitions on density flow rights and including sloped land in the calculation for the rights.

* A zoning petition was approved for a T-Mobile Northeast Llc telecommunications tower at Marcus Boulevard and Kennedy Drive in Hauppauge.

* The speed limit in front of the Cleary School for the Deaf on Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset was lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph at the request of the school. Suffolk Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. thanked the board for quickly approving the measure.

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