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Vermont Sheriff Pushes for Newfane Cell Tower

A Vermont sheriff is lobbying the public in the town of Newfane to support construction of a new cell tower.

Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says the 150-foot cell tower would also host his department's emergency radio equipment.The Brattleboro Reformer reports the department feels it needs a new tower at its Newfane Village headquarters. Clark says the proposal for the Newfane tower makes the most sense and would save taxpayers money.

The Springfield-based telecommunications company VTel wants to build the tower near the sheriff's office on Jail Street as part of a state-supported and federally funded effort to expand wireless communication across the state.

A separate effort to erect a 130-foot cell tower in South Newfane upset some residents.

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