OGDENSBURG The Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad can keep its too-tall radio antenna tower.
The city Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-0 Tuesday in favor of a variance to allow a 70-foot radio tower atop the squads soon-to-open headquarters in the former Hacketts Hardware building at 1223 Pickering St.
The code allows a maximum height of 48 feet. A higher tower with a 22-foot-high antenna, squad officials say, will ensure better radio communications in its service area.
Board Chairman William Flynn and members Scott W. Thomas, Bonnie P. Franz and James R. Amo supported the squad, which already violated the city code unintentionally, its officials said when it installed the tower.
I think its obviously needed in the community, Mrs. Franz said.
I really dont think that it looks that bad, Mr. Amo said.
James E. Rusty Darcy, the squads information technology committee co-chairman, said there are plans to install another antenna. But it will be small enough not to require a variance.
The squad plans to finish renovations at the Pickering Street site later this month and move there from its rented headquarters at 101 State St.