First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that Westport officials have been notified by Tarpon Towers II, LLC (“Tarpon”) and New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (“AT&T”), of the intent to proceed with installation of a cell tower at 92 Greens Farms Road in Westport. The notice follows an earlier historic preservation review process that was announced by the applicant in June of this year.
Mr. Marpe confirmed that he received a letter and an associated Technical Report from Attorney David Ball of Cohen and Wolf, representing Tarpon, that they anticipate filing an application with the Connecticut Siting Council (“CSC”) for a Certificate of Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telecommunications facility at 92 Greens Farms Road. (Click here) This notification is the first in a number of steps necessary to seek approval for installation of a telecommunications facility.
Mr. Marpe stated, “I am dismayed that this proposal for a cell tower installation at the same location that the Town reviewed seven years ago has returned. At that time, many raised numerous rational and thoughtful reasons why this location was inappropriate, and the proposal was dropped. With regard to this new proposal, under the rules of the CSC, I will conduct an initial meeting with Attorney Ball to review the project. The Town will also have an opportunity to propose alternative sites. There will also be opportunities for the Planning & Zoning and Conservation Commissions to review and comment on the proposal. After the initial meeting and within the statutory time period, a Public Informational Meeting will be held to further discuss the application with the community. Please be assured that we intend to review this proposal carefully with staff and legal counsel, exploring all options and alternatives. I will keep the community informed throughout the process.”