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A special meeting of the Ogdensburg Zoning Board of Appeals will be required to settle a dispute over a code-defying radio antenna installed by the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Only three of seven members attended Tuesday’s board meeting so action was taken on a request for a variance by the squad to keep a 70-foot-high radio antenna tower on top of its soon to open new building at 1223 Pickering St.

The antenna violates the city code because antenna towers in a business district can stand up to 48 feet. Squad officials said their revised site plans for the new building called for a 48-foot-high metal structure that was in accordance with code regulations. But the antenna wasn’t included as part of the metal structure.

“I’d like to get this resolved,” said Rusty Darcy, the squad’s information technology committee chairman.

The squad, Mr. Darcy told the board, plans to complete renovations at 1223 Pickering St. by next month and relocate there immediately thereafter from the current squad building at 101 State St.

Board member Scott W. Thomas shared Mr. Darcy’s sense of urgency in wanting to settle the matter before the new squad building is functioning.

“I think that this warrants a special (board) meeting,” Mr. Thomas said.

Provided there is a voting quorum of at least four members, that special meeting could take place as soon as next week.

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