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Plans underway to build new radio tower in Hunter

Nov 19, 2020 5:30 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Greene County lawmakers approved a resolution November 16, establishing the county’s intent to be lead agency on the plan to build a new radio communications tower in Hunter, which will require a state environmental quality review. The 120-foot radio tower will serve as a relay point between the tower at Twilight Park and the tower atop Hunter Mountain. “It’s going to better facilitate the communication between down below in the valley and what goes on up here,” Hunter Town Supervisor Daryl Legg said. “That’s the whole idea of it. They needed [the tower] to fill a blind spot.” The tower will be constructed about 400 to 500 feet off Route 23A adjacent to Hunter Town Hall and 300 feet from the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway. Construction will disturb 0.22 acres of the 1-acre parcel. Additionally, the project will affect a 0.33-acre wetland and requires approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tower will be used by emergency services, not cell service carriers. The tower will be funded by a grant from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, at an estimated cost of $250,000. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.