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Ogdensburg squad antenna dispute settled, tower OKed

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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 squad’s soon-to-open headquarters in the former Hackett’s 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 it’s obviously needed in the community,” Mrs. Franz said.

“I really don’t think that it looks that bad,” Mr. Amo said.

James E. “Rusty” Darcy, the squad’s 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.

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