‘I’m Very Pleased To Get To This Point’: Moynihan Announces Plan for Cell Tower in Northwestern New Canaan
In a major step toward improved cell service in northwestern New Canaan, the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted 3-0 to approve a license agreement with a wireless infrastructure company to bring a cell tower to a wooded 5.16-acre parcel on upper Ponus Ridge. The combined public safety and cell tower is to be sited on the east side of Ponus Ridge at number 1837, a hilly property located just north of Dan’s Highway that overlooks the Laurel Reservoir. New Canaan itself qualifies as a “carrier” for the public safety portion of the tower, and plans call for a traditional carrier such as Verizon or AT&T to commit to the project for when Danbury-based Homeland Towers files an application with the state agency that oversees telecom towers. Given the detail needed for that application, it’s likely six or more months away, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan.
“It was a challenge with COVID last year to move this forward,” Moynihan said during the selectmen meeting, held via videoconference. “I’m very pleased to get this point.”
New Canaan has grappled for years with a lack of cell service in several parts of town, perhaps most notably in the northwestern and northeastern areas.