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Lakes Area Internet pays up

Lakes Area Internet has paid all of its lease payments to the city of New York Mills for use of space on top of the water tower, City Clerk Darla Berry said.

This is good news for area residents and businesses that rely on Lakes Area Internet for service. At last months city council meeting, talk of forcing Lakes Area Internet to remove its towers would have cut off Internet service for some in NY Mills.

At a city council meeting May 8, Berry announced Lakes Area Internet owner Jamie Vaughn signed and notarized a five-year lease with the city and made four months' worth of payments.

In April, councilors agreed to give Lakes Area Internet one more month to catch up on their payments before removing the company's antennas, currently installed on top of the water tower.

Lakes Area Internet relies on the water tower for its antennas, as the tower is the highest and most centralized location in town.

Verizon Wireless also leases water tower space from the city for its equipment.