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Siting cell towers in the scenic Upper Delaware River Valley

March 26, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — A free workshop sponsored by the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will be held on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tusten Town Hall.

Local government officials, planning and zoning members, and all citizens interested in maintaining the beauty of the Upper Delaware landscape while providing needed telecommunications services for residents and visitors are welcome to attend this free event to discuss the latest technologies, municipal authorities and tools for negotiating with the industry. Advance registration is requested. Call 845/252-3022 or email info@upperdelawarecouncil.org.

Speakers include Frank Yoder, services of the Pennsylvania State Police broadband; David Church of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Orange County NY; and Richard (Dick) Comi, co-owner of the Center for Municipal Solutions.

Yoder has managed Pennsylvania’s statewide radio network since 2007 and enjoys sharing his experiences from inside this unique wireless communications “company,” and will discuss issues of sharing, PA’s siting and permitting and Beware (be aware) of Mission Critical.

Church brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on this issue and will discuss his experiences working in the Shawangunk Ridge in Orange County while providing tools on how to draft an effective model ordinance for future towers in a town or township.

Comi is a former director of network operations for New York Telephone and NYNEX and the former vice president and COO of Cellular One of Upstate New York. His inside knowledge of the telephone and wireless industries is virtually unique among consultants that serve local governments exclusively. Comi will also discuss how to negotiate contracts and generate greater revenue for a municipality.

A continental breakfast will be provided. Continuing education credits are available for approved planning and zoning members; check with your respective town or township for qualification.

For more information, contact UDC Resource Specialist Travis O’Dell by calling 845/252-3022 or emailing udctravis@frontier.com.