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DALLAS — Council unanimously approved a request Wednesday from Verizon Wireless to build a cell tower behind the Twin Stacks Center, but only if 17 conditions are met.

One of the conditions requires a 6-foot buffer of plants or screening to be placed along the entire length of the roadway section bordering the Bluff Pointe townhouses.

Other conditions include camouflaging the tower and supports to blend into the surroundings, maintain general liability insurance and property damage insurance each in the amount of $1 million per incident to cover the tower, antenna and structures.

Verizon Wireless must also obtain final approval from the County Planning Commission prior to construction.

Three hearings were held since January to hear testimony from Verizon and opponents of the tower.

Last month, project engineer Andy Petersohn testified a new tower is needed because cellphone and wireless device traffic — primarily from students at Misericordia University — is expected to soon overwhelm existing cell towers and could slow service for all area subscribers or even prevent calls from connecting.

In other business, council:

· Announced the annual spring clean-up will be May 6-11 at the municipal building. The hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Contact the borough office for more information.

· Council announced the curbside yard waste collection will begin the week of May 13, weather permitting. Residents are required to pay an annual fee of $25 for the service.

· Authorized a contract with Kuharchik Construction Inc. relating to traffic signal improvements at the intersection of state routes 309 and 415 in the amount of $41,726. The borough will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon Saturday at the Kenneth Young Memorial Park.

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