DOCKET NO. 170 - An application of Metro Mobile CTS of Hartford, Inc. for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a cellular telecommunications facility located at 109 Maple Avenue West in the Higganum section of the Town of Haddam, Connecticut.

Connecticut Siting Council

November 15, 1995


Pursuant to the foregoing Findings of Fact, and Opinion, the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) finds that the effects associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of a cellular telecommunications tower and equipment building at the proposed prime site in the Higganum section of Haddam, Connecticut, including effects on the natural environment; ecological integrity and balance; public health and safety; scenic, historic, and recreational values; forests and parks; air and water purity; and fish and wildlife are not disproportionate either alone or cumulatively with other effects when compared to need, are not in conflict with the policies of the State concerning such effects, and are not sufficient reason to deny the application and therefore directs that a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, as provided by General Statutes § 16-50k, be issued to Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Inc. for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a cellular telecommunications tower, associated equipment, and building at the proposed prime site, located within an 88.85 acre parcel at 109 Maple Avenue West, Haddam, Connecticut. We find the effects on scenic resources and the environment from the alternate site to be more significant than the effects from the prime site, and therefore deny certification of the alternate site without prejudice.

The facility shall be constructed, operated, and maintained as a monopole substantially as specified in the Council’s record in this matter, and subject to the following conditions:

1. The tower shall be constructed as a monopole, no taller than necessary to provide the proposed communications service and sufficient to accommodate tower sharing, and not to exceed a total height of 120 feet above ground level.

2. The Certificate Holder shall prepare a Development and Management (D&M) Plan for this site in compliance with Sections 16-50j-75 through 16-50j-77 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. The D&M Plan shall be submitted to and approved by the Council prior to the commencement of facility construction and shall include plans for the tower and tower foundation; specifications for the placement of all antennas to be attached to this tower; plans for the equipment building, security fence, emergency generator and fuel tank; plans for the access road and utility line installation from 109 Maple Avenue West; plans for site clearing and tree trimming; and plans for water drainage and erosion and sedimentation controls consistent with the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control, as amended.

3. Upon the establishment of any new State or federal radio frequency power density standards applicable to frequencies of this facility, the facility granted herein shall be brought into compliance with such standards.

4. The Certificate Holder shall provide the Council a recalculated report of electromagnetic radio frequency power density if and when circumstances in operation cause a change in power density above the levels originally calculated and provided in the application.

5. The Certificate Holder shall permit public or private entities to share space on the proposed tower for fair consideration, or shall provide any requesting entity with specific legal, technical, environmental, or economic reasons precluding such tower sharing.

6. If the facility does not initially provide, or permanently ceases to provide, cellular services following completion of construction, this Decision and Order shall be void, and the Certificate Holder shall dismantle the tower and remove all associated equipment or reapplication for any continued or new use shall be made to the Council before any such use is made.

7. Unless otherwise approved by the Council, this Decision and Order shall be void if all construction authorized herein is not completed within three years of the effective date of this Decision and Order or within three years after all appeals to this Decision and Order have been resolved.

8. The Certificate Holder shall notify the Council upon completion of construction and provide the final cost to construct the facility.

Pursuant to General Statutes § 16-50p, we hereby direct that a copy of the Findings of Fact, Opinion, and Decision and Order be served on each person listed below, and notice of issuance shall be published in The Hartford Courant and the Middletown Press.

By this Decision and Order, the Council disposes of the legal rights, duties, and privileges of each party named or admitted to the proceeding in accordance with Section 16-50j-17 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

The parties and intervenors to this proceeding are:

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Inc. 
Brian C.S. Freeman, Esq.
Kenneth C. Baldwin, Esq.
Robinson & Cole
One Commercial Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103-3597 
David S. Malko
General Manager - Engineering
Sandy M. Ranciato
Manager - Regulatory Services
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Inc.
20 Alexander Drive
Wallingford, CT 06492 
Town of Haddam     
The Honorable Marjorie W. DeBold
First Selectman
Town of Haddam
30 Field Park Drive
Haddam, CT 06438
Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership
Peter J. Tyrrell, Esq.
General Counsel - Wireless
Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership
500 Enterprise Dr., 4th floor
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

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