CSC: Docket No. 196 Decision

DOCKET NO. 196 - Crown Atlantic Company LLC and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of a cellular telecommunications facility off Hi-Top Hill Road, Voluntown, Connecticut; or 232 Pendleton Hill Road, Voluntown, Connecticut; or Glasgo Road and Preston City Road, Griswold, Connecticut. }

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Connecticut

Siting

Council

June 20, 2001

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 alternate two site in Griswold, 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 Crown Atlantic Company LLC and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless for the construction, maintenance and operation of a cellular telecommunications facility at the proposed alternate two site located off of Glasgo Road and Preston City Road in Griswold, Connecticut. We deny certification of the proposed prime site located off Hi-Top Hill Road in Voluntown, Connecticut, and the proposed alternate one site located at 232 Pendletown Hill Road, Voluntown, 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 Springwich Cellular (Cingular) and other entities, both public and private, but such tower shall not exceed a height of 199 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: a final site plan(s) for site development to include the location and specifications for the tower, tower foundation, antennas, equipment building, security fence, access road, utility line, and landscaping plan.  The applicant shall confer with the lessor of the property to minimize the removal of eastern white pines along the access road after consulting the Department of Environmental Protection.  The D&M Plan shall also include construction plans to be submitted prior to construction for site clearing, water drainage, and erosion and sedimentation control consistent with the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as amended.

3. The Certificate Holder shall, prior to the commencement of operation, provide the Council worst-case modeling of electromagnetic radio frequency power density of all proposed entities’ antennas at the closest point of uncontrolled access to the tower base, consistent with Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, Bulletin No. 65, August 1997.  The Certificate Holder shall provide a recalculated report of electromagnetic radio frequency power density if and when circumstances in operation cause a change in power density above the levels calculated and provided pursuant to this Decision and Order.

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 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 reapply for any continued or new use 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 ceases 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 The Norwich Bulletin.

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:

Crown Atlantic Company LLC
and Cellco Partnership d/b/a 
Verizon Wireless
Robert Stanford, Project Manager 
Crown Atlantic Company LLC 
703 Hebron Avenue 
Glastonbury, CT  06033
 
Kenneth C. Baldwin, Esq.
Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT  06103-3597
Richard H. Finley
84 Hi-Top Hill Road
Voluntown, CT  06384 
 
 
Town of Voluntown Nicholas F. Kepple 
Voluntown Town Attorney
Kepple Morgan & Avena 
P.C. Box 3 A Anguilla Park
20 South Anguilla Road 
Pawcatuck, CT  06379  
Town of Griswold  Eric Knapp
Branse & Willis, LLC
41-C New London Turnpike
Glastonbury, CT  06033-2038  
Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership   Peter W. van Wilgen (SCLP)
Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership
500 Enterprise Drive 
Rocky Hill, CT  06067-3900 
 



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