CSC: Barkhamsted Docket No 182a Decision

DOCKET NO. 182A - Sprint Spectrum, L.P. d/b/a Sprint PCS and Litchfield Acquisition Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless Services amendment to the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the existing telecommunications facility located 31 New Hartford Road (access via Rust Road), Barkhamsted, Connecticut.  }

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Connecticut

Siting

Council

May 7, 2002 

Decision and Order

Pursuant to the foregoing Findings of Fact and Opinion, the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) finds that the effects associated with the extension of a telecommunications tower, and installation of associated equipment at the existing facility located off the end of Rust Road, Barkhamsted, 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 proposed amendment to the Certificate; therefore the Council directs that an amendment to the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, as provided by General Statutes § 16-50k, be issued to Sprint Spectrum L.P. d/b/a Sprint PCS and Litchfield Acquisition Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless Services (AT&T) for the extension of a telecommunications tower, and installation of associated equipment located off the end of Rust Road, Barkhamsted, Connecticut.

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

1. The tower extension shall be constructed as a monopole and camouflaged as a tree, no taller than necessary to provide the proposed telecommunications services, sufficient to accommodate the antennas of Sprint, AT&T, SNET, Nextel, and other entities, both public and private, but such tower shall not exceed a height of 144 feet above ground level (AGL), excluding tree branching.

2. Relocation of antennas and appurtenances for AT&T, SNET, and Nextel shall be permitted and subject to Council approval through Section 3 of this Decision and Order.

3. 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: a final site plan(s) for site development to include the specifications for the tower extension, location of antennas and equipment, security fence, and erosion and sedimentation controls consistent with the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as amended; provisions for the prevention and containment of spills and/or other discharge into surface water and groundwater bodies, and specifications for camouflaging the tower extension and antennas as a tree.

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

5. The Certificate Holder shall provide the Council with a recalculated report of electromagnetic radio frequency power density if and when circumstances in operation cause a change in power density above those levels originally calculated and provided in the application.
 
6. 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.
 
7. Following completion of construction, if the facility permanently ceases to provide wireless services this Decision and Order shall be void, and the Certificate Holder shall dismantle the tower and remove all associated equipment within sixty days, or reapply for any continued or new use to the Council, before any such use is made.
 
8. Any antenna that becomes obsolete and ceases to function shall be removed within sixty days after such antennas become obsolete and cease to function.

9. Unless otherwise approved by the Council, this Decision and Order shall be void if the facility authorized herein is not operational within one year of the effective date of this Decision and Order or within one year after all appeals to this Decision and Order have been resolved.

Pursuant to General Statute § 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 Register Citizen.

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:

Applicant

Sprint Spectrum, d/b/a Sprint PCS
 
 
 
 

Litchfield Acquisition Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless Services
 

Julie M. Donaldson, Esq.
Hurwitz & Sagarin, LLC
147 N. Broad Street
Milford, CT  06460
 

Christopher B. Fisher, Esq.
Cuddy, Feder & Worby
90 Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY  10601-5196
 



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