Letter: Not another cellphone project

To the Editor:

Here we go again, Trumbull.

Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, has proposed another poorly planned cellphone project for Trumbull.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Trumbull Town Hall.

The project proposes to place eight panel antennas along the roof of a building at 55 Corporate Drive. I have lived and worked in this area for eight years, and wonder what the need could possibly be.

Cellphone service is excellent in this part of town. Additionally, the project has proposed a 12' x 26' shed to be built which will house a commercial sized natural gas backup generator.

This shed will abut a heavily wooded area which flows into the residential neighborhood along Teller Road, August Lane, and Skating Pond. Some homes are less than 100 feet away.

The plans show the shed is completely lacking any security and reachable to anybody 24/7. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Do we need to remind ourselves of the death and destruction caused by an explosion caused by a simple natural gas leak? How about terrorism? An explosion and subsequent fire will spread rapidly through the woods and into the residential area, which would damage or destroy multiple homes. What about the pollution, and noise from the generator and radiation emitted by the antennas 24 hours a day. Why subject the residents in this area to this?

If there truly is a need for this project why not look at alternate locations like the recycling center along Spring Hill Road, where Trumbull taxpayers will benefit from the added revenue, and it’s staffed during business hours, and locked/gated when closed.

I truly hope our elected officials speak out about the serious dangers in this project and our PZC votes to reject it.
Carl Kaplan