CSC: DO 275 D&O Windham
Decisions

DOCKET NO. 275 – AT&T Wireless PCS, LLC d/b/a AT&T Wireless application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of a wireless telecommunications facility at 10 North Ridge Road, Windham, Connecticut.

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Connecticut

Siting

Council

April 26, 2004

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 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 AT&T Wireless PCS d/b/a AT&T Wireless for the construction, maintenance and operation of a wireless telecommunications facility at 10 North Ridge Road, Windham, Connecticut. The Council approves the Alternative 1 tower configuration.

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 AT&T Wireless PCS LLC, Omnipoint Communications, Inc. and other entities, both public and private, but such tower shall not exceed 107 feet above ground level. Antennas and lighting mounted on the tower shall not exceed a total height of 109 feet above ground level. Tower lighting shall consist of a single steady red beacon.

  2. Construction activities shall be limited to the period of mid-August to mid-May to avoid the nesting season of rare birds that may utilize the site.

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:

    1. a detailed site development plan that depicts the location of the access road, compound, tower, utility line, erosion and sedimentation control features, and landscaping;

    2. specifications for the tower, tower foundation, antennas, equipment building, and security fence; and

    3. construction plans for site clearing, water drainage, and erosion and sedimentation control consistent with the 2002 Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as amended.

4. 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. The Certificate Holder shall provide reasonable space on the tower for no compensation for any municipal antennas, provided tower space is available and such antennas are compatible with the structural integrity of the tower.

5. Prior to the commencement of operation, the Certificate Holder shall provide to the Council a 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 submit a revised electromagnetic radio frequency power density report to the Council if and when circumstances in operation cause a change in power density above the levels calculated and provided pursuant to this Decision and Order.

6. 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.

7. If the facility ceases to provide wireless services for a period of one year, 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.

8. Any antenna that becomes obsolete and ceases to function shall be removed within 60 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 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 Willimantic Chronicle.

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

AT&T Wireless PCS, LLC
d/b/a AT&T Wireless

Its Representative

Christopher B. Fisher, Esq.
Cuddy & Feder LLP
90 Maple Avenue
White Plains, New York 10601

Intervenor

Omnipoint Communications, Inc.

Its Representative

Stephen J. Humes
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP
Goodwin Square
Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

 



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