ATTICA — After a year of less-than-ideal wireless service, some relief may be arriving for village residents.
The village is expected to vote later this month on the State Environmental Quality Review findings for a proposed new tower.
The tower would be 120 feet tall and expandable to 150 feet. It would be located at the rear of the village’s property at 43 1/2 Exchange St.
“The board approved the applications for zoning,” said Village Administrator Doug Post. “We still have to approve the SEQR permit, which we’ll probably do at the next meeting.”
The tower is being proposed by SQF LLC of Maine and Verizon Wireless of West Henrietta in Monroe County. It would be constructed at no cost to the village.
The next Village Board meeting is set for Feb. 16. It’s still unclear exactly when work would begin, but Post said it’s hoped the project would start as soon as possible.
Wireless service has been spotty in the village since a windstorm damaged the historic Williams Opera House in January 2020. A wireless transmitter is located on the building and its power supply was cut after the structure was temporarily condemned.
That resulted in slow and spotty service for village residents and businesses, along with the village and its departments.
The transmitter was repowered about a month later, but Post said the village is still experiencing problems.
It’s hoped the new tower will solve any remaining issues.
“There’s still a lot of issues with it, so this is going to be a good thing for the community,” Post said.