The New Milford hamlet of Gaylordsville may soon be home to another communication tower -- this one at Bull's Bridge power plant, some two miles from the 130-foot-tall structure installed in June by the town near the Gaylordsville firehouse.

AT & T is proposing to construct a 150-foot cellular communication tower on property owned by First Light Hydro Generating Co., which owns Candlewood Lake.

A public hearing before the town's Zoning Commission is set for Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Loretta Brickley Room at Town Hall.

The decision about construction of the tower would rest with the Connecticut Siting Council.

Input from the commission is required by state statute.

Gaylordsville resident Michael Covert is dismayed to learn of AT & T's plans. He lives across the road from the communication tower, by the fire department.

"Well, they can't say this one is for public safety. That was taken care of by the tower the town put up," Covert said. "This is all about profit. I moved to this community for the beautiful landscape, the view along the river."

"Now you drive into Gaylordsville and see a big metal tower, and it sounds like soon you'll drive two miles up the road and see another big metal tower. Big business and local government are able to do what they want when they want," he said.

The 150-foot monopole tower would be constructed to the east of the Kent Road (Route 7) and Grove Road intersection adjacent to Cedar Hill Pond.

As proposed, the facility would consist of a monopole and a 12-by-12-foot equipment shelter enclosed by a fenced gravel area.

Richard Kosier, president of the Gaylordsville Historical Society, sees things differently from Covert. He sees this second tower as a plus for the community and a sign of progress.

"The tower at the fire department is for public safety," Kosier said. "I spoke for a tower there at the Siting Council hearings when the fire department proposed one in 2007.

"All the pay phones are gone. Technology has to go forward," he said. "I don't feel a tower at Bull's Bridge power plant would be counterproductive to the historical significance of Gaylordsville. I think it's a great idea for further public safety."

The proposed tower would increase AT & T's coverage in the northwestern portion of New Milford, according to the notification. Significant coverage gaps now exist along Kent, Grove, Walker and Webatuck roads.

AT & T provides coverage to 18.9 square miles in town. The proposed tower would increase coverage to 19.52 square miles, boosting the reach from 11,814 customers to 11,898, the notification states.

For more information, write to Michael Libertine, All-Points Technology Corp., 3 Saddlebroook Drive, Killingworth CT 06419 or email mlibertine@allpointstech.com.

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