Report by Paula Antolini
May 5, 2015 9:58AM EDT
(This was sent to Bethel Advocate by the group of community members opposing the cell tower in their neighborhood.)
Codfish Hill Cell Tower: Connecticut Siting Council Public Hearing is Tuesday, June 2, 2015
There have been discussion online and in the “Caraluzzi” aisle in the past few weeks about the many reasons why there might be some upset people in Bethel who are thinking about the day they could wake up with a 170ft cell tower outside their window. And based on the height of the currently proposed one on Codfish Hill, there’s a good chance that next window could be yours.
A few thoughts for you to consider as you are out and about in our amazing town – hopefully taking in all that Bethel and mother nature have to offer…
1. How many residential towers will it take before YOU say ENOUGH is ENOUGH? Like Newtown, Ridgefield, Redding and so many others have rallied against – we can too!
•It wasn’t the Spring Hill tower. The siting council rolled right over us.
•Will it be the Codfish Tower you help stop, looming over hundreds of families?
•OR the next one they want to drop in Stony Hill?
CELL TOWERS DO NOT BELONG IN FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS. PERIOD.
2. The unfortunate reality is that this tower is not “for” us.
It was attempted in Newtown several times before it came over the “hill”. But more importantly, the truth about cell towers is that calls do not always go to / through the nearest tower. Especially 150ft+ towers. Those kind of towers are “repeater” towers. They move large amounts of data up and down county – with another tall line of sight tower. Here’s a link to much congressional discussion about this fact. Many people have been wrongfully imprisoned bc a phone ping put them in the “right place at the wrong time…”
3. There are other options.
Many of you have mentioned “well it has to go somewhere”. “if its not your back yard it’s someone else’s” etc. This is true. But even more true is that on the application for this tower there are other sites that are not in people’s back yards. This must be looked into. Are you a reader? Are you a historian? Researcher? Your neighbors can use your skills. Download document 458 below. Research, discover, and debunk the myriad of lies in the All Points Tower document. There are so many.
4. WE MUST UNITE.
The day of the hearing is June 2nd. We will need hundreds of people at the municipal center. AND THEY WILL BE THERE. The honest reality is – WHEN we get AT&T to listen what are we asking for? Ultimately RELOCATION.
AT&T will ultimately put a tower SOMEWHERE. But if we don’t unite it will be a place so many don’t want it to be today. And another, and another, and another. There are commercial options. There are options that don’t affect kids, families, homes, livelihood.
5. In our lifetime – towers will be likely be re-regulated or completely phased out.
It’s the honest truth. The laws governing them were written when cell phones were the size of a shoe! Towers are getting more power and are overlapping each other more ever day. When the laws were written to govern wattage and decibel level – they were written with the understanding that towers connected to each other over long distances. Data doesn’t move at long distances these days. LTE is a much shorter “running” frequency. That means today the wireless companies need towers overlapping each other and layering the same energy on top of one another. But that wasn’t in the “plan” when the regs were written. They know it. Scientists know it. People are coming on to it and independent research companies are revealing the issues found therein.
While 1 tower was safe sending voice 3 to 5 miles, 4 towers overlapping to generate LTE is likely NOT safe. According to old laws, individually they are “safe” but revisiting that is only a matter of time.
RF safety rules were reviewed as recently as 2013 and will continue to be. Especially if communities like ours SPEAK. http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/radio-frequency-safety
So many people are not willing to take our chances and wait out the real truth. By then, it will be too late. And for many it already is.
Can cellphone records place you at the scene of a crime? FBI says yes. Phone experts say not always.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015, beginning at 3:00 p.m., and continued at 7:00 p.m., at the Bethel Town Hall, General Purpose Room, 1 School Street, Bethel, 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, maintenance, and operation of a tower, ground equipment and access road.”
Maybe you missed that. Let’s read that carefully:
We are gathering to discuss “the applicant’s contentions that the public need for the facility outweighs any adverse environmental effects that would result from the (tower).”
YES. THAT’S WHAT IT SAYS.
Pursuant to provisions of Connecticut 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 Tuesday, June 2, 2015, beginning at 3:00 p.m., and continued at 7:00 p.m., at the Bethel Town Hall, General Purpose Room, 1 School Street, Bethel, Connecticut, and thereafter as necessary. The hearing will be on an application from Florida Tower Partners LLC d/b/a North Atlantic Towers for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance, and operation, of a telecommunications facility at one of two locations at 62-64 Codfish Hill Road, Bethel, 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, maintenance, and operation of a tower, ground equipment, and access road. The 3:00 p.m. hearing session will provide the applicant, parties, and intervenors an opportunity to cross-examine positions. 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 sites on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The applicant will fly balloons during the field review to simulate the height of the proposed facilities, 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, et seq., of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. The Council directs that all testimony and exhibits be pre-filed with the Council and all parties and intervenors by May 26, 2015. 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 May 26, 2015. 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 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 of the Bethel 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 May 26, 2015. The applicant is represented by the following: Applicant Florida Tower Partners LLC d/b/a North Atlantic Towers Its Representative Julie D. Kohler, Esq. Cohen and Wolf, P.C. 1115 Broad Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 A copy of the application is available for review at the Council’s office during office hours at 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut, (860) 827-2935 or on the Council website at http://www.ct.gov/csc under the link “Pending Proceedings.” The Council has assigned this application Docket No. 458. April 17, 2015 Connecticut Siting Council
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