Dear Residents & Neighbors:
We are writing today to bring your attention to the threat of a Verizon cell tower being erected at 118 Newton Road in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood. We are deeply concerned about the disastrous effect it will have on our children’s health, property values, the surrounding environment, and aesthetic of our neighborhood. If it can happen in our quiet cul-de-sac, it can happen in your own backyard as well.
For those that may not be familiar with this issue, a private landowner contracted a land lease with Verizon for the tower to be built at 118 Newton Road which is in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Their land abuts residential homes on Newton, Soundview, Forest Glen Drive and Penny Lane. Verizon notified the town and the abutting neighbors of the proposal last year in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. At that time, we learned that the town zoning has no jurisdiction over the decision, the CT Siting Council, a state agency based in New Britain, makes the final decision. Verizon filed a formal application with the CT Siting Council (CSC) in May and the hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The Town of Woodbridge has retained counsel and so have we as residents of the immediate neighborhood. We have also contracted with various technical experts to assess the viability of proposed alternative sites and the impact of this tower on property values in our neighborhood.
Many people stand with us in opposition of this tower. Over 350+ individuals signed a petition opposing construction at this site (www.nocelltowerplease.com). Woodbridge town representatives and our state senators have also spoken out in clear opposition to the tower at this particular residential site. Fourteen different alternate sites have been proposed to Verizon including a town-owned property with very attractive lease terms. It is our belief that Verizon has not seriously considered these other options.
While this is a difficult battle to fight, we are up for the challenge and now we are asking for immediate help from our fellow residents. With only one month to go before the hearing, there are two very important things that you can do to help. First, donate to the cause. We developed a “GoFundMe” page to help cover the attorney and technical expert costs, which are quite substantial. Every donation makes a difference, and we encourage you to share the link below with your friends and family members: https://www.gofundme.com/f/stop-the-newton-road-neighborhood-cell-tower. Second, please write our state representatives and ask them to oppose the tower, protect their constituents, and speak out against the tower publicly during the July 13th hearing. The best way to let them know how we feel is to send emails to back up the testimony we will provide at the hearings. It is truly the volume of emails that makes the biggest impact. Please also share their email addresses below with as many people as possible:
- Senator Jorge Cabrera: email@example.com;
- Senator James Maroney: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Representative Mary Welander: email@example.com.
Thank you for helping us protect our town. Please speak out in opposition to the tower! If you would like to get involved in our campaign and/or order a sign for your lawn, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Woodbridge Newton Neighborhood Team
Local Beecher Road School 5th grader, Sarah Hofstatter, wanted to stand out in opposition to the proposed tower in her neighborhood. She designed and distributed this lawn sign to her neighbors to help raise awareness of the cause.