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Westport Invited To Speak Out On Micro Cell Tower At Informational Meeting

Fire Selectman Jim Marpe will hold an informational meeting for Westport residents regarding the installation of two cellphone towers being requested by Verizon Wireless.
Fire Selectman Jim Marpe will hold an informational meeting for Westport residents regarding the installation of two cellphone towers being requested by Verizon Wireless. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- An information session will be held with representatives of Verizon Wireless to discuss the installation of micro cellular antennas in Westport on Monday, Nov. 9, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced.

The session, at 7:30 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium, will offer residents information about the installation of the antennas on two existing utility poles.

Verizon Wireless has filed an application with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority seeking approval for installing single canister micro antennas and associated radio and electrical equipment on existing utility 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, Marpe said.

“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. These antennas, 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.”

Marie added that he realized that residents living in the vicinity of the utility poles may have questions and concerns and wanted to provide them a forum to address the issues.

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