TOWER ONE - TOWN HALL-FIRE DEPARTMENT
P. Gary, photo, from Town Plan 2000 (l) and at right, Weston resident Osprey family atop Tower #1 since 2015 - Audubon Society keeps tabs on them.
T O W E R N E W S : 2 1 s t C e n t u r y t w i s t
Table of Contents:
FORMER LANDFILL FUTURE THINK...DURING BUDGET PROCESS
Feb. 18, 2020, Board of Selectmen review of 1st Selectman's Budget FY21
Creative thinking by all at the front table in open and quite remarkable discourse...
MEMBERS OF BOARD ASSESS OPTIONS FOR RECYCLING AT MULTIPLE LEVELS, SO IT IS REPORTED BY FIRST SELECTMAN..
- Trees: Emerald ash borer effects,
- Garbage disposal/recycling cost increases. Long discussion.
- Roads (those who were at Finance Board last week know about this) and
- Awesome statement about "shared services" not doing it for Weston - although multi-town voluntary agreements do work (i.e. WWHD)
OP-ED | In Bridgeport, Green Energy Park is a Win for Our Kids and Families
by Bill Finch | Sep 11, 2014 5:30am
We face an amazing opportunity in Bridgeport.
Working in partnership with my administration, United Illuminating plans
to install 9,000 solar panels atop a closed and unused landfill, as
well as a 2.8 megawatt fuel cell. The site of this project is in the
midst of a formerly rundown section of the city that has been
transformed into Eco-Technology Park...
MAYBE IN WESTON?
A good site for "energy park" that stores energy for hybrid school bus fleet?
Weston's Tower One (aka "one
ugly dude") and how
the Town of Weston brought down the CT Siting Council...c.1998
- The story of Tower One (monopole at the Fire
Department/Town Hall on
Norfield Road was before this website began) - we were there, and it
was a great
story! Read the minutes of the Tower Committee on
file in Town Hall!
- Part of the
overall plan for "seamless service" via cell tower put the Transfer
Station on Godfrey Road in play for "stage two" of the Plan--five years
out, but more like eight or so years in reality.
- A "repeater" was recommended to be built atop
the Fire Department facility on Lyon's Plains Road (shown below from a
late 1990's photo) to
receive signals from any new tower at the Transfer Station, and make
including the police, better connected...well, it will have to be put
on the new firehouse on Lyons Plains!
BY 2010: Contract for
AT&T and Cingular are OK'd to be added to tower two -
brings revenue to the town! Repeater mentioned above for Fire
Dept./EMS to be at new Lyons Plain fire station (r.).
Tower Two: Our own cell-phone pic
WESTON Tower History and Latest...
according to report at Board of Selectmen, 89 feet at the transfer station and...
- Fire Department facility on Lyons
Road, the East Side of Town--on land donated to the Volunteer Fire
Department many years ago, for use as a fire house, we assume.
- LATEST NEWS: Legislation in the works regarding safe
tower-related bill now the law -
HERE FOR FINAL WORDING! Proposed Bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/TOB/H/2007HB-05927-R00-HB.htm
Town Meeting April 5, 2007 gave
unanimous consent to easement (a procedural detail required by
to get power to new tower.
- Planning and Zoning 8-24 review
tower 2 at former
landfill on Godfrey Road: fields
shown top left - some of which are the
"capped" landfill area. Tower proposed for this Godfrey Road
will look more Parisian than the Town Hall monopole! We sure hope
the construction for this new tower does not upset
the "cap" on the old landfill! Would be an environmental disaster
if it did!
- HOW ROMANTIC IS THIS...AND A
THING, TOO. HISTORY BUFFS CHECK THIS
tower to look like the one above--but not high enough to
mandate red light on top or the decorative diadem at the Tour!
- Weston's Eiffel Tower
(tower #2) Special
Town Meeting December 15,
2005 (proposal for a second multiple-carrier tower at the transfer
station): small number of voters OK tower construction at
Transfer Station. It is assumed that
studies done by Town of Weston proved there will be no impact on
"cap" of sealed section of former dump. Take a look at Weston's
version of Thomas Hardy country - last photo.
first tower, a monopole, holds all of the companies/carriers in CT; it
is 195' high
and is located at
the Town Hall complex (barely visible at the left of the photo with
Onion Barn). Click here to
go to the Weston Town Plan 2000 for a picture of it (on page 17 of the
Plan--shortly after it went up behind Town Hall, next to the Main Fire
aspects of cell phone brought up...
- Elsewhere and improvements in technology on the
horizon; on Whidbey Island, Greenwich...
TOWER NEWS IN WESTON...OFFICIAL OPENING FOR TOWN FIRE
Second Weston cell tower
Telecommunications tower is complete
by KIMBERLY DONNELLY
Jul 26, 2007
The new cell tower at the town transfer station is complete.
It’s official: Weston is now a two-tower town...
The 185-foot three-legged lattice tower was built on town property by
Sprint at an estimated cost of about $260,000. The town, however, will
take over ownership of it as soon as it receives a final accounting
report and an independent inspection report.
In exchange for building the tower, Sprint’s rent — for placing its
equipment on the tower — is to be abated until the company recoups the
construction costs. Once it has recouped its costs, Sprint will pay
$2,200 per month in rent to the town, a fee that will increase 3%
Mr. Landry estimated it will be about six or seven years before Sprint
gets its first bill, “but they will have paid for everything and given
us ownership of the tower ... It’s definitely a great deal for us.”
The project, first proposed in the fall of 2005 and originally
scheduled to be up and running more than a year ago, has been plagued
by a string of delays from the outset.
One of the problems at the beginning of the process was that phone
companies kept merging — the town would be on the verge of an agreement
with one company when it would be bought out or merged with another,
and negotiations would come to a halt.
Ultimately, in January 2006, the town signed a deal with Sprint, in
which the phone company would build the tower but the town would own it.
The tower had to go through numerous approvals by the Connecticut
Siting Council, which oversees the construction of all
telecommunications towers in the state. Also, two easements — one
granted to AT&T to run phone lines from the road to the tower, and
a separate one allowing CL&P to lay electrical wires — had to be
granted by Town Meeting, and each of those votes meant several weeks of
When it came time to lay the phone lines in May, AT&T decided to
subcontract the work, which meant it was well over a month after the
easement had been granted before work even began on that final phase of
Perhaps the most noteworthy delay on the project came last summer, when
a deputy tribal historic preservation officer from the Narragansett
Indian Tribal Nation walked the Weston cell tower site and determined
blasting could not be used during construction.
The officer, Doug Harris, said after visiting the site he was confident
it was an “area of significance” to Native Americans; he believed
blasting would be inappropriate, both for spiritual reasons and because
of the danger of dislodging a stone structure he found.
When digging the foundation for the tower, a mechanical hammer, like a
jackhammer, had to be used instead of blasting, which added several
weeks to the project.
In addition to Sprint and the town’s emergency communication equipment,
T-Mobile also has equipment located on the tower. They will pay rent to
the town to the tune of $2,500 per month — but not for a while...
Discovery stalls cell tower
By JEANNE HOFF
Hour Staff Writer
WESTON — A historic discovery at the construction site for the town's
Sprint and Omnipoint T-Mobile cell tower, south of Devil's Den, has
stalled the already delayed $250,000 project.
Dough Harris, deputy tribal historic preservation officer from the
Narragansett Indian Tribal Nation, recently surveyed the ground where
the tower is slated to be built and reportedly found a ceremonial stone
structure that relates to ancient traditions in the area...
SPRINT lease for new tower project
(DISTRIBUTED ATJANUARY 5, 2006 Selectmen's meeting):
SUMMARY (from Town Att'y's office January 4)
Sprint will lease space (#3) at 174' level; Sprint will pay $2200
per month increasing @3% annually; Sprint will construct the
tower (189') and related improvements (building, utilities,
access); Sprint's rent shall be abated until expenses recouped
(@$260,000--more detail in contract); town will pay for its own
equipment - in 15 days from signing agreement process can start--3
months expected. TOWN INDEMNIFIES SPRINT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
and Zoning Commission, Monday, June 20th; later...Board of
Selectmen in Weston discussing a new tower (we think at the Transfer
Station) November 17, 2005 in executive session...
"Municipal Tower to be constructed
at the site of the Town Transfer Station at Godfrey Road," come
and hear about and/or speak about the proposal and cell phone service
Town on June 20, 2005, in the Commission Room at Town Hall, Weston, CT
Since the Public Hearing, it has been reported in the FORUM that this
original location did not meet standards for tower construction because
it was found that the ground was unsuitable for supporting a structure
as weighty and of the proportions of a just-under 200 foot cellular
three-legged tower. Conditions of approval indicated that the
Town did not have to return for another 8-24 report if the distance
from the property line continued to hold at 300 feet.
Creating DEEP: Consensus on the concept, haggling on the
Jan Ellen Spiegel, CT MIRROR
April 18, 2011
The last time Connecticut had something akin to an energy department,
Jimmy Carter was president and the nation faced the aftereffects of the
Arab oil embargo: crude oil had risen to $14.53 a barrel--$53.02 in
today's dollars--and the average price for a gallon of gasoline was 62
cents--$2.26 today. They would be a relief now as Connecticut
again creates an energy department. By the time this legislative
session ends, it's widely expected that a new Department of Energy and
Environmental Protection, DEEP, will exist in place of the current
Department of Environmental Protection.
There doesn't seem to be significant opposition to the move, which in
general would merge, streamline and coordinate nearly a dozen energy
and environment-related entities that now exist in somewhat
disconnected and frequently redundant fashion in and outside state
government. Ultimately it would put energy and technology policy,
environmental conservation and quality and public utility regulation
under one roof. But as the saying goes, the devil is in the
and there are a lot of them...
Wireless advances could mean no more cell towers
By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer
Fri Feb 11, 11:52 pm ET
NEW YORK – As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers —
those unsightly stalks of steel topped by transmitters and other
electronics that sprouted across the country over the last decade.
Now the wireless industry is planning a future without them, or at
least without many more of them. Instead, it's looking at much smaller
antennas, some tiny enough to hold in a hand. These could be placed on
lampposts, utility poles and buildings — virtually anywhere with
electrical and network connections.
If the technology overcomes some hurdles, it could upend the wireless
industry and offer seamless service, with fewer dead spots and faster
RTM passes cell tower restriction near
By Neil Vigdor, Greenwich TIME Staff Writer
Published: 07:29 a.m., Tuesday, March 9, 2010
A resolution aimed at deterring the placement of cell towers within
1,500 feet of accredited schools in Greenwich was adopted late Monday
night by the Representative Town Meeting.
Three-and-a-half hours after coming to order at Central Middle School,
the legislative body voted 124 to 29 in favor of the resolution, with
13 abstentions. Though the resolution isn't legally binding, its
proponents said it was critical for the town to take a stand against
locating telecommunications equipment near schools for safety
reasons. The safety measure was borne out of a controversial
T-Mobile plan to build a cell tower on a private property next to North
Cos Cob parents stage rail
station rally against cell towers
By Colin Gustafson, Greenwich TIME Staff Writer
Published: 09:50 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2010
Greenwich state legislators are proposing a bill that would prohibit
building cell towers within 750 feet of a school or day care, but some
parents say that distance isn't far enough to ensure their kids' safety...
Electromagnetic Radiation In Cellphones Put Us At Risk For Brain
Los Angeles Times
Story By DAVID LAZARUS
September 13, 2009
People have asked for years whether cellphones can cause brain tumors.
And for years the wireless industry has been telling us not to worry.
So that's settled, right? Maybe not.
A group called the International EMF Collaborative issued a report
recently warning that cellphones might be more dangerous than users
have been led to believe. The report, titled "Cellphones and
Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern," says the latest research
indicates that regular use of cellphones can result in a "significant"
risk of brain tumors. It also says children are at greater risk than
adults because their still-developing brain cells are more vulnerable
to electromagnetic radiation.
"Cellphones are causing brain tumors," says Lloyd Morgan, the lead
author of the report. "Industry-backed studies try to hide that fact.
But if you read them carefully, you can see there are risks."
Full story from L.A. Times
Firm trumpets 'less obtrusive' antenna
By Hoa Nguyen
Published June 25 2006
An Illinois company wants small antennas and radio equipment strung
along 20 miles of utility poles on the Merritt Parkway as part of a
plan supporters say will improve cellular coverage without building new
"It generally is going to be aesthetically less obtrusive," said Ross
Manire, chief executive officer of ClearLinx Network Corp., an Oakbrook
Terrace, Ill.-based company that specializes in building "distributed
antenna systems" -- which rely on a series of small antennas spread
over a reception area. "The quality of the system is going to be of
The company has been shopping its idea to several land-use agencies in
the area, including Greenwich, Stamford and Westport, and is expected
to submit a formal application to the Connecticut Siting Council. If
the company moves forward with its plans, the distributed antenna
system would be the first one built in the state, according to
Derek Phelps, the executive director of the Connecticut Siting Council,
said that officials see a place for distributed antenna systems in the
state, especially in residential areas and historic districts where
there is no "suitable site for a macro tower."
"We have every reason to believe that it's a credible technology and we
look forward to its application here in Connecticut," Phelps said.
By Jeff Switzer, Everett, WA Herald
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Future cell towers in Snohomish County could face strict new
regulations capping their height and keeping them away from key bird
habitats. Currently, there are no height limits for cell towers in
unincorporated areas of the county. That could change under proposed
rules, which, for the first time, would regulate cell towers.
"They're not huge changes, but they give the public more
input," County Councilman John Koster said. Praise for the rules was
mixed with criticism Wednesday during debate at a County Council
meeting. No vote was taken, and debate is scheduled to resume Nov. 30.
"A lot of our input is reflected in the ordinance today,"
said Richard Busch, an attorney for Cingular Wireless. But Busch said
Cingular objects to banning cell towers from being built within 1,000
feet of wetlands used as bird habitats...There was no debate over capping the height at 180 feet in
rural areas and 150 feet in urban growth areas near cities. Nor was
there debate over requiring a 20-foot greenbelt of trees and
landscaping around a cell tower and its equipment...
Port looks at cell tower above beach
By JEFF VANDERFORD, South Whidbey Record Sports, Port of S.
Dec 11 2009, 4:39 PM · UPDATED
FREELAND — Port of South Whidbey commissioners will evaluate a proposal
for placing a cellular tower on the hill above Possession Beach
Port manager Ed Field told commissioners that AT&T wants to
construct and operate a facility that will serve Whidbey Island.
That’s a switch from previous proposals, he added.
“Unlike requests from other cell-phone carriers, AT&T said that the
tower would primarily serve South Whidbey,” Field said...