Cell tower plan moves ahead in Gaylordsville
Updated 10:04 am, Friday, November 29, 2013
AT&T's plans to construct a 150-foot monopole cell tower at Kent and Grove roads in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford are moving along.
The company, under New Cingular Wireless, submitted its application Nov. 1 for the tower to the Connecticut Siting Council.
The council subsequently requested more material.
It was required AT&T contact the town of Sherman with a copy of the application because of that town's proximity to the proposed Kent Road (Route 7) tower location.
The Sherman first selectman's office confirmed Nov. 20 the document had been received.
The Siting Council has until March 1, 2014 to render a decision on AT&T's application -- 90 days for consultation by AT&T with the town of Sherman, plus the standard 150-day tower siting time frame from the submission of the application, according to docket records.
The 150-foot monopole tower would be constructed on property owned by FirstLight Hydro Generating Company, to the east of the Kent Road and Grove Road intersection, near Cedar Hill Pond.
Panel antennas in three sectors would allow up to three additional carriers.
A test balloon floated from the site in June was visible from three quarters of a mile north on Kent Road and a third of a mile to the south.
It was also visible from a point on Grove Road and west along the Houstaonic River, as well as from The Club at River Oaks golf course in Sherman, across the Housatonic River, according to Michael Libertine, a consultant on the project.
The Siting Council will hold a public hearing in New Milford on the application for resident and intervenor input at a date to be determined.
Town officials have until Dec. 4 to submit location preferences for the tower or other criteria to the Siting Council.
Those interested in registering as an intervenor must contact the Siting Council in writing at least five days before the public hearing.
The address is Connecticut Siting Council, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051, or by email.
For more information, visit the website www.ct.gov/csc , or call 860-827-2935. Refer to Docket No. 444.