Monday, October 26, 2015
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that an information session on the installation of micro cellular antennas on two town utility poles is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.
Representatives of Verizon Wireless, who have filed a Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) application to install single-canister, micro antennas and associated equipment on existing utility poles, are set to answer questions and provide information, Marpe said.
The two poles are located in the public rights-of-way near 66 Hales Road close to the intersection of Green’s Farms Road and 420 Post Road West near the Whole Foods Shopping Center.
Marpe said Verizon recently appeared before the Historic District Commission (HDC) for a required hearing related to an antenna on a pole in the Compo Beach-Owenoke Historic District.
“My administration has been in ongoing discussions with representatives of the various wireless telecommunications companies for some time regarding their plans for Westport,” Marpe said.
“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.
He said the antennas, which are attached 24 feet from the ground, on the side of existing utility poles, “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,” Marpe said.
“I recognize that residents living in the vicinity of these utility poles may have questions and concerns. Therefore, I have requested that representatives from Verizon Wireless conduct this information session on Nov. 9.
“I look forward to the opportunity to discuss, encourage open dialogue and address questions that members of the public may have,” he added.
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