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INDIAN LAKE - Verizon cell towers in Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake received approval from the town planning board earlier this month and officials expect construction to begin soon.

Last month, the planning board tabled the issue after a few Blue Mountain Lake residents questioned the placement of the tower.

The plans call for a tower to be constructed at the Blue Mountain Lake fire house, but some residents noticed that the footprint of the 39-foot-tall tower would lie on top of the department's septic system. Others argued that placing the tower across the street from the local beach would not maintain aesthetic principles.

"This project has nothing to do with the septic system," Indian Lake Supervisor Barry Hutchins said recently.

Hutchins said that although a 60-day public comment period has expired, construction will be delayed for an additional 30 days for a public "reactionary period."

"We fully expect the tower to be up and running by early fall," Hutchins said.

He said that the towers are instrumental pieces in developing a 21st century local economy.

"These towers will serve the multitudes as well as give residents and visitors alike the opportunity to do business in Indian Lake," he said.

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