More ‘micro cell antennas’ proposed in town: Info session Nov. 9
Updated 8:02 am, Sunday, November 1, 2015
An information session is planned Nov. 9 with representatives of Verizon Wireless to discuss plans to install micro cellular antennas on two utility poles in town.
The public meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, according to the announcement by First Selectman Jim Marpe.
Verizon Wireless has filed an application with the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority asking permission to mount the “single-canister micro antennas and associated radio and electrical equipment” on existing poles located in the public rights-of-way near 66 Hales Road (intersection of Hales Road and Greens Farms Road) and 420 Post Road West (near the Whole Foods Shopping Center), according to the announcement.
Verizon recently appeared before a Historic District Commission hearing related to a similar antenna installation proposed for a utility pole in the Compo Beach/Owenoke historic district.
“My administration has been in on-going discussions with representatives of the various wireless telecommunications companies for some time regarding their plans for Westport. Installing this type of low-rise, small-scale local antenna, as opposed to a visually disruptive 150-foot cell tower, is the solution we have been encouraging wireless service companies to pursue” Marpe said in the press release.
The antennas, attached 24 feet from the ground on the side of existing utility poles, he added, “are generally less objectionable than the large cell towers. I am pleased that Verizon has selected this technology as an alternate approach to fulfill their needs in Westport.”