Record Field Review Notice
Pursuant to provisions of General Statutes § 16-50m and Section 16-50j-21 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, notice is hereby given that the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) will conduct a public hearing on July 10, 2012, beginning at 3:00 p.m., and continued at 7:00 p.m., at the East Haven Senior Center, Main Room, 91 Taylor Avenue, East Haven, Connecticut, North Atlantic Towers, LLC and New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telecommunications facility located at one of two sites: and thereafter as necessary. The hearing will be on an application from 171 Short Beach Road, Branford, or 82 Short Beach Road, East Haven, Connecticut.
The purpose of the hearing is to hear evidence on the applicant’s contentions that the public need for the facility outweighs any adverse environmental effects that would result from the construction, operation, or maintenance of a tower, ground equipment, and access road. The 3 hearing session will provide the applicant, parties, and intervenors an opportunity to cross-examine positions. :00 p.m. The 7:00 p.m. hearing session will be reserved for the public to make brief statements into the record. Cross-examination of parties and intervenors will resume, if necessary, after all statements have been heard.
The Council will conduct a public field review of the proposed site on July 10, 2012, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The applicant will fly a balloon at each site during the field review to simulate the height of the proposed facilites, weather permitting.
Applicable law for this proceeding includes the Public Utility Environmental Standards Act, General Statutes § 16-50g, et seq., and Sections 16-50j-1 through 16-50v-la of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
The Council will hold a pre-hearing conference on procedural matters on May 31, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Council’s office, . 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut
The Council directs that all testimony and exhibits be pre-filed with the Council and all parties and intervenors by July 3, 2012. In accordance with the State Solid Waste Management Plan, the Council requests that all filings be submitted on recyclable paper. Please avoid using heavy stock paper, colored paper, and metal or plastic binders and separators.
Individuals are encouraged to participate through their elected officials, and other party/intervenor groupings.
Any person seeking to be named or admitted as a party or intervenor to the proceeding may file a written request to be so designated at the office of the Connecticut Siting Council, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut 06051, on or before July 3, 2012.
Parties and intervenors will be allowed to submit briefs and proposed findings of fact within 30 days after the close of the hearing.
Any person who is not a party or intervenor to this proceeding may file a written statement with the Council up to 30 days after the close of the hearing. Such statements will become part of the record. No written statement or any other material, evidence, or other information will be accepted from any person not a party or intervenor to the proceeding after 30 days following the close of the hearing, except as otherwise prescribed by law or the Council.
A verbatim transcript of the hearing session(s) will be made and deposited with the Town Clerk’s Office’s of the Branford and East Haven Town Hall for the convenience of the public.
Requests for information in alternative formats or for sign-language interpreter services must be submitted in writing by July 3, 2012.
The applicant of this facility is represented by the following:
Applicant Its Representative
North Atlantic Towers, LLC and New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC
Lucia Chiocchio, Esq.
Christopher B. Fisher, Esq.
Cuddy & Feder LLP
445 Hamilton Avenue, 14 th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601