North Atlantic Towers floated 2 balloons this morning. They’re part of preparations for building a cell tower in the back yard of a Greens Farms Road home.
Here’s the view from the I-95 overpass on Hillspoint Road. The view looks north.
A couple dozen anti-tower protesters turned up. So — in an observational capacity — did First Selectman Jim Marpe, town attorney Ira Bloom, and state representatives Jonathan Steinberg, Gail Lavielle and Tony Hwang.
(Photos by Mary Ann West)
State regulations appear to allow the erection of a cell tower on private property.
But Westport seldom lets an issue like this happen quietly.
When North Atlantic Towers floats 2 balloons tomorrow morning — as part of a test for the cell tower proposed for Greens Farms Road — they’ll be greeted by a crowd of Westporters.
First Selectman Jim Marpe plans to be there. So does town attorney Ira Bloom. And conservation director Alicia Mozian.
Plus anyone else who wants to see what’s “up.”
Balloon-watchers are invited to meet at the intersection of Greens Farms and Hillspoint Road by 10 a.m. Parking is available at #116, 114, 115, 109 and 106 Greens Farms Road, and along Hillspoint Road.
Just look for the balloons!
This is NOT what will happen to the house at Greens Farms Road during tomorrow’s balloon test.
The cell tower planned for 92 Greens Farms Road moves one step closer to reality next Tuesday.
According to a news release from 1st Selectman Jim Marpe, a “balloon float” test is scheduled for June 3.
While the formal application to the Connecticut Siting Council has not been filed, nor has the required technical report been submitted to the town, North Atlantic Towers apparently intends to do this preliminary balloon test. I was surprised and disappointed to receive this announcement. I have been in touch with a representative from AT&T, and he was unaware of this particular test.
Working with the neighbors, I will still be pressing AT&T and North Atlantic Towers to pursue other locations and technologies that are better suited for the town and this neighborhood.
Marpe’s press release quoted attorney Julie D. Kohler of Cohen and Wolf, representative of North Atlantic Towers. She said they would float 2 balloons. One is 110 feet high (the height AT&T needs).
The other is 150 feet. That provides “a focal point well above tree line and other obstructions during the field reconnaissance so we can locate the site in those areas where the 110 foot balloon may be at or slightly above/below the canopy (particularly helpful this time of year).”
Whatever that means.
The cell tower is planned for the house on the left: 92 Greens Farms Road. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
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