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Short Beach Road Cell Tower Public Hearing Tuesday (DOCUMENTS)

AT&T has proposed two potential sites for a new cell tower along Short Beach Road — one in Branford and an alternative site in East Haven — to fill in the current service gap in the area.

UPDATE at 5:45 p.m.

It appears that two government councils have scheduled public meetings at the for the same time on Tuesday night.

In addition to the Connecticut Siting Council's public hearing on the proposed Short Beach Road cell tower, the has also scheduled a at the center.

Both are set to begin at 7 p.m.

The Town Council's regularly scheduled meeting for July 3 was cancelled last week and rescheduled as a special meeting for July 10.

It is unclear at this time which, if any, of the two meetings will be moved due to the conflict. East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY

The state is holding a public hearing Tuesday to gather comments and feedback from East Haven and Branford residents regarding a proposed new cell tower along Short Beach Road.

The Connecticut Siting Council is currently considering an application from North Atlantic Towers and New Cingular Wireless (a subsidiary of AT&T) for the construction of a telecommunications facility at one of two potential sites:

  • 171 Short Beach Road in Branford, or
  • 82 Short Beach Road in East Haven

The Branford location, which would feature a tower at about 120 feet, is the site of the small business .

And the alternative East Haven spot, which would feature a tower at about 103 feet, is the location for the .

The deadline for the siting council to deliver its decision on the application is Oct. 9

'Significant Gaps in Service'

According to AT&T officials, the tower is needed to fill in a large service hole along this portion of the shoreline.

"Without a site in this area, at the height requested, significant gaps in service will exist within the Town of East Haven and the Town of Branford, and the identified public need for reliable wireless services in this area will not be met," the officials wrote as part of their application.

Several documents reviewing the project, including AT&T's application, are posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

Additional documentation — including simulations of various views of the tower throughout the area — can be found on the council's website.

Tuesday's Public Hearing

The public hearing will take place at the starting at 3 p.m. There will be a break for dinner, and the second half of the hearing will resume at 7 p.m.

According to the hearing's notice, which is posted in the gallery, the afternoon session will serve as an opportunity for "applicants, parties and intervenors to cross-examine positions."

And the evening session will allow residents to make brief statements into the application's public record.

In addition, prior to the public hearing the siting council will conduct a "field review"  of both locations on Tuesday, starting at 2 p.m. at the Branford site.

During this time, AT&T will be flying a balloon to simulate the height of each proposed cell tower.

East Haven Site Overview

The proposed facility at the East Haven Site consists of a 2,500 square-foot lease area located in the south-west portion of an approximately 0.91 acre parcel owned by the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department.

A new self-supporting monopole tower 103’ in height would be constructed. AT&T will install up to 12 panel antennas at the 100’ centerline height on the tower.

The tower compound will consist of a 2,500 square-foot fenced area to accommodate AT&T's 12’ x 20’ radio equipment shelter and a 4' x 11' concrete pad for AT&T's emergency generator.

An 8-foot high chain link fence would enclose the tower compound. The tower and compound are designed for future shared use by other carriers.

Vehicle access to the facility will be provided from Short Beach Road along the western side of the existing parking lot a distance of approximately 150'. Electric and telephone utilities would be extended from Short Beach Road.

Branford Site Overview

The proposed facility at the Branford Site consists of a 50’ by 50’ lease area located in the north- west portion of an approximately 0.87 acre parcel owned by 171 Short Beach Road Realty, LLC. A new self-supporting monopole tower 120’ in height would be constructed.

AT&T will install up to 12 panel antennas at the 120’ centerline height on the tower. The tower compound will consist of a 50' x 50' fenced area to accommodate AT&T's 12’ x 20’ radio equipment shelter and a 4' x 11' concrete pad for AT&T's emergency generator.   

An 8-foot high chain link fence would enclose the tower compound. The tower and compound are designed for future shared use by other carriers.

Vehicle access to the facility will be provided from Short Beach Road over an existing 15-foot wide gravel access drive a distance of approximately 240'. Electric and telephone utilities would be extended from existing utilities adjacent to the proposed compound area.

Flowers July 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Cell phone service on the shore line is terrible. i often have to stand in the middle of the street to make a call and even then I might not get a dial tone. These towers are needed and I welcome them. Other than being unsightly, do the pose any health threats?
Richard Poulton July 09, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I don't care which site they approve as long as the "dead" area is corrected. But there will be those who will on one hand say "not in my neighborhood" but I want un-interrupted cell service on the other. That is the mentality of certain people in this shoreline area. By the way,I live a stones throw away from the East Haven site.
Lance Coughlin July 09, 2012 at 10:39 PM
It will save a life some day make it happen. Not to mention it will improve property values in a number of instances because cell service is a major concern among potential home buyers.
Bob Fawkes July 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Industry funded "research" has tried to downplay the effects of Cell tower radiation on the health effects on neighboring population. Back in 2010, several articles appeared enmass in Discover, USAToday and on PBS proclaiming "No link between Cell Towers, Kids' Cancer Risk". However, worldwide there are a growing number of unexplained cancer clusters and other health problems being blaming on Cell Towers. I don't know what is legit or not. I do question the legitimacy of any "research" funded by/for the cell phone industry. http://www.mast-victims.org/
Betsy Boynton July 10, 2012 at 02:05 PM
A cell tower in our neighborhood will be welcomed by me as our reception is very poor now. I live in the Riverside Area of East Haven. Betsy Boynton
Bruce July 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Who receives the "rent" for this tower and how will it be spent?
Julie Weisberg (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Bruce: Generally, the rent would go to the landowner of what ever site is approved for the tower. So in East Haven's case, it would go the the fire department. In Branford's case, it would go to that parcel's owner. I'm not sure exactly who that is. And don't forget, you can always attend tonight's public hearing for more information.
Ann Della Camera July 11, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Richard, I live on Short Beach Road, about 500 feet east of the Riverside Firehouse. in fact, i can see it from my front lawn. I see no danger is having the tower put there. So please don't blame all the shoreline people.
Ann Della Camera July 11, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Lance, I agree, I can see no reason why it would affect anyones peoperty here.
Ann Della Camera July 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
RB, again I agree, they are volunteers and it would help them a great deal to get some extra funds for things they really do need.
Sam Giglio July 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Sorry to say, but cell phones are a way of life today, Parents keep tabs are there children, Emergencies, chatting, and so on. So let it get done. Right now its a dead zone in that area
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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 12:08 PM
If the tower does end up in East Haven at the Riverside Vol fire Dept site, I sure as hell will want accountability and transparency as to where the money is going; hopefully not into somebody's pocket. Speaking of which, does anybody know where the money from rentals of the hall goes? Regarding the Riverside Vol Fire Dept, it should be noted that "This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted." https://www.guidestar.org/organizations/06-1599880/riverside-volunteer-fire-department-east-haven-company-6.aspx
Luigi (the original) July 11, 2012 at 01:05 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?
Julie Weisberg (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Everyone: An update on yesterday's public hearing has been posted here http://patch.com/A-vWqw.
Ann Della Camera July 12, 2012 at 03:56 AM
JOKOBO, The hall is rented out very little, I know I can see it from here. As to the money, its use to support the building and needs of the fire equiptment. These men go out risk their lifes to save our homes and get now pay for it ,and you have the aduacity to question anything they do, Shame JOKOBO, your are nothing but a pot stirrer

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