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Short Beach Road Cell Tower Scrutinized by Panel, Residents

Some residents said they felt a tower at either of the proposed East Haven or Branford sites would be an "eyesore" and lower property values in the area.

In a public hearing at  Tuesday, representatives from North Atlantic Towers and AT&T faced questions from the Connecticut Siting Council and members of the public regarding the two final location choices for a proposed .

Among other environmental and economic issues, the hearing addressed visibility concerns for the tower, which representatives hope will be located at either 171 Short Beach Road in Branford or 82 Short Beach Road in East Haven.

"We generally try to make sure the impact of a tower is as low as possible," council member Philip T. Ashton told Patch. "And in some cases, we will reject an applicant." During the council's cross-examination, Ashton questioned engineer Robert Stevens about how far away the towers could be seen or heard.

Representatives attempted to address council and citizen questions about visibility by flying balloons throughout the day on Tuesday to simulate the height of each tower: 103 feet in East Haven and 120 feet in Branford.

Council members toured both sites to see if the towers were visible from a variety of distances. But concerns remained. Addressing the council, Branford RTM member Doug Hanlon said both locations were inferior: "bad and worse."

Hanlon said he went to Branford Point and saw a large number of beachgoers pointing out the clearly visible balloon.

"It would not only destroyed the landscape for the neighbors," he said. "You're talking about influencing the 30,000 people who use the waterways and the town beach. That tower will be visible to all of them."

Hanlon, and other commenters, said a "perfectly legitimate" site at Branford Hills was explored and dropped.

"It's time to stop helping the providers make more money and say alternatives that work better for the people," he said.

The proposed East Haven tower would be on the property of the Riverside Volunteer Fire Company. A group of East Haven residents whose properties border the fire station complained an East Haven tower would create an "eyesore" and lower property values.

"I look out my window and see a balloon flying right now through all the leaves," said East Haven's Daniel Cruisulo.

"When the fall comes, and that's eight months out of the year, I'm going to see an ugly tower."

Branford residents also raised questions about the proposed location, on the property of Air, Inc. Owner Wayne Krasnow defended his decision to lease the property, saying his parking lot is often used as a spot for drivers to make cell phone calls.

Branford First Selectman "Unk" Da Ros told Patch he advocated the East Haven location as a way of preserving the scenery of the Short Beach area in Branford. Da Ros said cell towers were "all over the place" before Branford's wireless communication committee was organized. But in his address to the council, he said his intention isn't just to move the problem from one town to another.

"We don't want this to be an East Haven and Branford fight," he said.

The Siting Council will hold its next public hearing Aug. 15 at council offices in New Britain. The deadline for its decision is Oct. 9.

Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
You really got some gumption. Are you saying that YOU "JACOBO" are aware of some impropriety? OR are you just stirring your pot of DUNG to see what rises? IF you KNOW something, maybe you should report it to the authorities. IF you are just WONDERING, maybe you should do the research. Either way you really need to STOP making these constant assertions without any cause, without any evidence...... But it's just too EASY for a nameless shill, huh?
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Imagine what the area's residents (and people everywhere for that matter) thought when they first saw those ugly poles with wires about every twenty five feet and on both sides of the street..... The uproar there must have been, having to see these giant skinny trees (without leaves or branches) running up and down every street...... But we all liked the electricity and talking boxes they brought to our homes....So they endured the esthetics for the privilege. This is the 21st century PEOPLE, wake up!!...... Or should we revert to SMOKE SIGNALS!....LOL
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Luigi, your dropping these little moist nuggets of criticism at any mention of possible impropriety implies either at the very least a blind stupidity on your part, or complicity at the very worst. I don't like unsavory individuals controling any amount of town money, be it as small as the youth hockey checking account or as big as the town budget. Money grubbing "rackets" exist and have existed in this town for generations. Both political parties have had their hands in the town cookie jar for years. When doors are opened and light is allowed in, roaches and other vermin tend to scatter. This smells like a racket to me. Maybe our esteemed Volunteer Fire Assocation President can comment as to: 1) Why weren't the Volunteer Fire 990's filed? 2) Where has the money gone from the Volunteer Fire hall rentals? 3) Where will the money go from the cell tower installation?
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
This is EXACTLY what I'm talking about, in your world of paranoia everyone is a crook. What a sad pathetic life you must lead. Wasting oxygen for those who could make better use of it. Yeah, I am either dumb or complicit RIGHT!! Go water your brush.......idiot.
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 01:50 PM
ll I'm asking Luigi, is "Where's the money"? If that's a problem for you, so be it.
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 01:55 PM
THE PROBLEM is that you should go through the proper channels to research the answer to that question.......NOT pose it here as SOME unfounded accusation. You have zero proof of ANY "impropriety" but like to imply some exists...... Again, this is the cause of a FOOL.. and it betrays your intent.
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Your Doctor can prescribe something for you that would lessen the episodes of paranoia that you are experiencing..... Heed my advise.....get yourself examined.
Flowers July 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Oh Jacobo, I was reminiscing only yesterday on the great times we used to have in Guatemala. Remember the cheap rum, stealing pineapples and singing "una paloma blanca" around the fire? Those were great times weren't they? People just don't know how to have fun anymore.
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
What's the matter Flowers, blinded by the light are you?
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I'll make it simple for you Luigi. The "proper channels" here Luigi, are the IRS. And since the IRS has no record of any 990's being filed for at least three consecutive years, I'm posing the questions here, in a open public forum, in order to obtain the answers. You follow? I don't know. There may in fact be legitimate reasons why the 990's weren't filed (possibly Mr. Vol Fire President is an imbicile who didn't know any better, or he was preoccupied by his own financial difficulties). It seems all I'm getting though, are not answers to my questions but a lot of name calling. Interesting. Actually makes one want to dig a little deeper...
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Yeah, go ahead and dig deeper agent Smart...... Then write a blog. This is an open forum, but it's not a throw dung at the wall to see what sticks, forum..... Wise up.
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Wise Up and follow the money. Public Inspection IRC 6104(d) regulations state that an organization must provide copies of its three most recent Forms 990 to anyone who requests them, whether in person, by mail, fax, or e-mail.
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I really hope you find something..... I hope that since you're "hell bent" on besmirching the integrity of good and brave citizens who volunteer themselves, put themselves in harms way to protect ungrateful buffoons such as yourself. There is nothing more important than finding a couple hundred dollars collected from a birthday party or a wedding shower held in the firehouse hall that wasn't "claimed" as income. You are really on to something BIG, I can tell....... Keep up the good work...OR get a LIFE!
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Don't suger coat it Luigi. If you're talking about renting the hall for one or two days, then yeah, it amounts to "a couple hundred dollars". The place has been and is used year round. WHERE'S THE RENTAL MONEY? WHERE'S THE MONEY FROM THE CELL TOWER GOING TO GO?
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Jacko, this is the Riverside Firehouse hall we're talking about, not Woodwinds. Just how many events do you envision they book in a year?........ You probably only need to place one phone call to find an answer to this query of yours. Again, you REALLY need to get a life. I think you're sniffing to much of that pesticide your spraying on the tomato plants.
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I don't know how many events they booked in a year. Seems they have something going on there every weekend though. The 990's, which would have shed some light on this, weren't filed after all. Rather than continuing to go round and round in this cricle jerk with you, how about some answers to the three questions I posed above? 1) Why weren't the Volunteer Fire 990's filed? 2) Where has the money gone from the Volunteer Fire hall rentals? 3) Where will the money go from the cell tower installation?
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Seems there's a LOT you don't know, more certainly than you DO know. That hasn't stopped you however, from making plenty of allegations. Why not call the Chief's office and ask....oh that's right, if you did that, they'd know WHO you are. That's not gonna work for ya huh Patti?
Pat Warner July 11, 2012 at 06:02 PM
In case you didn't know, EHFD Company 6 is the only firehouse in East Haven that is solely occupied and owned by it's "volunteer" members. That would mean that the money collected from the rentals to pay for the upkeep of the building, the training and fire equipment and gear used by the company and any other neccessary debts. If you are so worried about where the money goes, look into it. The TOWN isn't responsible for the building nor the debts from the building.
Richard Poulton July 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Why do you people keep posting with this jerk? I for one don't care how much money the Volunteer company gets from tower rentals or how much money they make in hall rentals. This is the only way they support the engine company that is housed there. By the way, wouldn't you think the IRS would go after someone if there was a financial problem? Stop falling into this jerks traps. He is a coward and we all know it. Let him post all he wants. Don't respond.
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Richard is of course correct, however this guy unchecked is a whirlwind of misleading assertions.... I would like to think this would end the latest "conspiracy theory" by this asmunch, but I'm sure it won't. Because there isn't enough "dimes" currently in circulation for this he/she to drop.... Everyone is crooked and on the take. He really needs some MEDS, paranoia is an awful affliction.
Bruce July 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Back to the topic. I think it was nice of "Unk" of Branford to state that East Haven was a better site for the tower. Hey "Unk" lets put it in Linden Shores. or maybe on the town green. Wherever this tower ends up,and I believe it will be rammed down someones throat,at the very least,maybe it can be concealed as the ones in Ma. are. They are covered to resemble a pine tree. No very convincing,however better than nothing.
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Thanks for the info Pat. So as I suspected, whether the cell Tower is placed in Branford or in East Haven, either way, the future money generated by the Cell Tower will end up in private hands; either in the hands of the owner of the Branford property, or with the "Volunteer members" of the now "For Profit" Company 6 who "occupy and own" the East Haven property at 82 Short Beach Road. More questions than answers... The Non-profit status of Company 6 was revoked by the IRS when the 990's weren't filed. As such, Company 6 as now a "For Profit" for tax purposes. Who/what entity pays taxes on revenue generated by the building and property at 82 Short Beach Road? Who are the "volunteer members" of Company 6? Does Company 6 pay for it's own Liability and Workers Compensation insurance or is it covered by the town's policies? How does one become a "volunteer member" of Company 6?
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Bruce, I understand your concern. Granted these towers are not the most beautiful structures in the world. But, they are a necessity in this day and age. Everyone always wants the unsightly, the unruly and the undesirable to be located in the other guys back yard, not our own. As I said earlier in a somewhat glib manner was that just over 100 years ago folks were learning to deal with those "new fangled" telephone poles. Those "monstrosities" that we ALL take for granted today, are vital for the services we all need and want. Well in this century it's the cell towers, and we all gotta learn to deal with them. That said, where better, and who is more deserving of the financial benefits than our own volunteer Fire Dept? Certainly NOT Unk and some private citizen in Branford.
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Did I mention that the tiny bathroom downstairs at Company 6 is inaccessable to the handicapped? Don't tell Huff...
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
"Everyone is crooked and on the take." You said it, not me. Tip of the iceberg Luigi.
Bob Fawkes July 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Put it in Branford. At least there, you'll know who's getting the money. The "volunteers" in East Haven will have to go without that new Harley or the Boston Whaler they were planning on, but they're big boys. They'll just have to suck it up and make do.
New Resident July 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Please put it in my back yard, that way I can finally have cell service and I can make the money to lease the site to the cell company!!! I'm only about a mile away from where they are proposing it!
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Yeah, and you really need some MEDS, paranoia is an awful affliction.
Rash July 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Hey Jacobo... Just 1 question for you... Where are you at 3:00 am on a frigid bitterly cold winter night, when 1 of your neighbors house or business in on fire??? I can certainly tell you where the DEDICATED members of EHFD Riverside Engine Co. 6 are... It is not home in bed where it is warm... Or when it is a blistering 95 degrees out and there is a fire, They are not home soaking up the air conditioning... You asked about how to become a member of Volunteer Co.6... Got to the Firehouse on Wed. nights and ask for an application... If you are accepted then you must attend certified level fire training and E.M.S. training all on your own time and maybe even your own expense... and that is just to start... then there is Driver Trianing to learn how to run the appuratus efficentley... And then one must make themselves available to respond to alarms... and that means leaving home, the dinner table or family holiday events... and then they are subject to rhetoric like yours... Like it was already said Riverside is the only firehouse in town no financial burden on the town so maybe if you are that interesred in answers to your question you should go ask the Volunteers themselves...

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