CSC: Connecticut Siting Council - May 13, 1998 - Decision and Order

DOCKET NO. 183 - An application by Litchfield Acquisition Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless Services for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a telecommunications tower and associated equipment located at 478 Good Hill Road (Route 317), Woodbury, Connecticut.

Connecticut Siting Council

May 13, 1998

Decision and Order

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 telecommunications facility at the proposed site in Woodbury, 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 Litchfield Acquisition Corporation (LAC) d/b/a AT&T Wireless Services, for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a telecommunications tower, associated equipment, and equipment building at the proposed site, located within a 471-acre parcel off Good Hill Road in Woodbury, 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 shall be constructed as a monopole, no taller than necessary to provide the proposed telecommunications services, sufficient to accommodate the antennas of LAC and other telecommunications providers, both public and private, but such tower shall not exceed a height of 150 feet above ground level (AGL).

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: a final site plan(s) for site development to include plans for vegetative screening; construction plans for site and grading, water drainage, and security fencing around the tower and equipment building; provisions for the installation of erosion and sedimentation controls consistent with the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as amended, prior to construction; and specifications for the tower foundation, antennas, equipment building, access road, and underground utility lines.

3. 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.

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. Any antenna that becomes obsolete and ceases to function shall be removed within 60 days after such antennas become obsolete and cease to function.

8. 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.

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 Waterbury Republican-American.

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

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

Its Representative

Douglas A. Cohen, Esq.
Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer, P.C.
185 Asylum Street, CityPlace I
Hartford, CT  06103-3402 (860) 509-6511

Mitchell Holmgren Site Development Coordinator
AT&T Wireless Services
15 East Midland Avenue
Paramus, NJ  07652 (201) 967-3130

Intervenor

Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership

Its Representative

Peter J. Tyrrell
Senior Counsel
Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership
500 Enterprise Drive
Rocky Hill, CT  06067-3900 (860) 513-7673

Intervenor

Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. d/b/a Nextel Communications

Its Representative

Christopher B. Fisher
Cuddy, Feder & Worby
90 Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY  10601-5196 (914) 761-1300

Party

Town of Woodbury

Its Representative

Honorable Richard CraneFirst Selectman
Town of Woodbury
P.O. Box 369281 Main Street
SouthWoodbury, CT  06798-0369 (203) 263-2141



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