CSC: DO 288 AT&T Bethel D&O
Decisions

DOCKET NO. 288 – AT&T Wireless PCS, LLC d/b/a AT&T Wireless and Valley Communications, Inc. application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of a wireless telecommunications facility at 38 Spring Hill Lane, Bethel, Connecticut.

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Connecticut

Siting

Council

August 12, 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 Valley Communications, Inc. for the construction, maintenance and operation of a wireless telecommunications facility at Site A, 38 Spring Hill Lane, Bethel, Connecticut. The Council denies certification of Site B, also located at 38 Spring Hill Lane, Bethel, 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 AT&T Wireless PCS LLC, Sprint Spectrum L.P., Omnipoint Network Facilities Network 2 LLC, Nextel Communications, Inc., the Town of Bethel, Thomas Refuse, Utility Communications, Valley Communications, Inc. and other entities, both public and private, but such tower shall not exceed a height of 125 feet above ground level including appurtenances.

  2. The Certificate Holder shall ensure that all tower users install the least visually obtrusive antennas and associated antenna mounts at the site while maintaining coverage objectives. Coverage objectives shall not be compromised by the use of such equipment.

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 served on the Town of Bethel, and all parties and intervenors as listed in the service list, and submitted to and approved by the Council prior to the commencement of facility construction. The D&M Plan shall include:

    1. a final site plan(s) of site development to include specifications for the tower, tower foundation, antennas, equipment building, access road, utility line, and landscaping; and

    2. 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.

  1. The Certificate Holder shall remove the existing 90-foot guyed lattice tower at the site parcel within 60-days of completion of the approved facility.

5. Prior to submission of the D&M plan to the Council, the Certificate Holder shall discuss site construction details with the Town. Items to be discussed shall include but not limited to site clearing, site grading, access road improvements, erosion and sedimentation controls, fencing, access gate improvements, landscaping, and construction work hours. The Town and Certificate Holder shall agree upon all construction details prior to submission of the D&M to the Council.

6. 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 ensure a recalculated report of electromagnetic radio frequency power density is submitted to the Council when circumstances in operation cause a change in power density above the levels calculated and provided pursuant to this Decision and Order.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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

10. If the facility does not initially provide wireless services within one year of completion of construction or 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.

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

12. 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. Any request for extension of this period shall be filed with the Council no later than sixty days prior to expiration date of this Certificate and shall be served on all parties and intervenors, as listed in the service list. Any proposed modifications to this Decision and Order shall likewise be so served.

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, The Bethel Beacon, and the Danbury News Times.

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

Paul Zito
Valley Communications, Inc.
155 Wooster Street
Shelton, CT 06484

Intervenor

Sprint Spectrum, L.P.
d/b/a/ Sprint PCS

Its Representative

Thomas J. Regan, Esquire
Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP
CityPlace I, 38th Floor
185 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103-3402

Intervenor

Omnipoint Facilities Network 2 LLC d/b/a T-Mobile

Its Representative

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

Intervenor

William Huertas, Jr.
40 Spring Hill Lane
Bethel, CT 06801

 

 

Intervenor

James C. Kelleher
42 Spring Hill Lane
Bethel, CT 06801

 

 

 

Intervenor

Steven Mitchell
36 Spring Hill Lane
Bethel, CT 06801

 

Intervenor

Representative Hank Bielawa
P.O. Box 689
Redding, CT 06896

 

Intervenor

Alice M. Hutchinson
First Selectman
Town of Bethel
1 School Street
Bethel, CT 06801

 

 

 



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