CSC: Connecticut Siting Council Decision on Docket No. 204

DOCKET NO. 204 - 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 located at 650 Albany Turnpike (Route 44), Canton; or at 21 Indian Hill Road, Canton, Connecticut.  }

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Connecticut

Siting

Council

February 14, 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 construction, operation, and maintenance of a telecommunications facility at the proposed prime site in Canton, 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 located at 650 Albany Turnpike (Route 44), in Canton, Connecticut.  We deny certification of the proposed alternate site at 21 Indian Hill Road, in Canton, 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 Cellco and at least three other telecommunications entities, both public and private, but such tower shall not exceed a height of 110 feet above ground level (AGL), including appurtenances.  The tower and foundation may be designed and constructed capable of being extended from 110 feet AGL to 150 feet AGL, with such extension subject to Council approval by petition for a declaratory ruling, pursuant to Sections 16-50j-38 through 16-50j-40 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

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 foundation, equipment building, antennas, emergency generator and fuel tank, security fence, access road, and utility line; construction plans for site clearing, tree trimming, water drainage, and erosion and sedimentation controls consistent with the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as amended; provisions for landscaping, a tower finish that may include painting, and for the prevention and containment of spills and/or other discharge into surface water and groundwater bodies.

3. The Certificate Holder shall, prior to the commencement of operation, provide the Council with 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 wireless 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 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 the Bristol Press (Farmington Valley Herald).

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 to this proceeding are:

Applicant 
Crown Atlantic Company LLC
and Cellco Partnership d/b/a
Verizon Wireless
Its Representative 
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
Party 
Heather and Miles Loewe
15 Indian Hill Road
Collinsville, CT  06022  
 
Party 
Nancy Johnson
3 Buttonwood Hill Road
Canton, CT  06019  
 
Party 
Connecticut Sand & Stone Corporation
Its Representative  
Joseph P. Derby
7 West Main Street
Plainville, CT  06062
Party 
Town of Canton
Its Representative  
Matthew Ranelli, Esq.
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
One American Row
Hartford,  CT 06103-2819



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