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PETITION NO. 722 – Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless petition for a declaratory ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need is required for the proposed modification of an existing telecommunications facility located at 70 Platt Road, Shelton, Connecticut.

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Connecticut

Siting

Council

November 3, 2005

Decision and Order

Pursuant to the foregoing Findings of Fact and Opinion, the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) finds that the effects associated with the modification of the existing telecommunications tower located at 70 Platt Road in Shelton, Connecticut, are not significant, are not disproportionate either alone or cumulatively with other effects, are not in conflict with the policies of the State concerning such effects, and are not sufficient reason to deny this petition.

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 extension shall not exceed a height of 140 feet above ground level and shall be structurally compatible with the existing monopole.
  2. If the tower modification authorized herein is not fully constructed and providing wireless services within eighteen months from the date of the mailing of the Council’s Findings of Fact, Opinion, and Decision and Order (collectively called "Final Decision"), this Decision and Order shall be void, and the petitioner shall dismantle the extension and remove all associated equipment or reapply for any continued or new use to the Council before any such use is made. The time between the filing and resolution of any appeals of the Council’s Final Decision shall not be counted in calculating this deadline.
  3. Any Verizon Wireless antennas that become obsolete and cease to function shall be removed within 60 days after such antennas become obsolete and cease to function.
  4. 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.

Pursuant to General Statutes § 16-50p, the Council hereby directs 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 Connecticut Post and the Huntington Herald.

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:

Petitioner

Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless

Its Representative

Kenneth C. Baldwin, Esq.
Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103-3597

Party

City of Shelton

Its Representative

Richard D. Schultz, AICP
Planning and Zoning Administrator
City of Shelton
Office of Planning and Zoning
54 Hill Street
Shelton, CT 06484-3267