Steward Lobbying To Stop Ocean Beach Cell Tower

There Are Other Alternatives, First Selectman Said

First Selectman Dan Steward recently said that if he is elected to another term in November, his focus will be regionalization. But that effort could meet a setback if New London at Ocean Beach.

“If they put this tower up, that would harm regionalization,” Steward said. “There are other ways to enhance cellphone coverage in the area.”

Recently, non-profit organization Save Ocean Beach voted to approve putting a 140-foot cell phone tower at the New London-owned park, as the tower could bring in $1.2 million in revenue. But neighbors of the park from both New London and Waterford have opposed the plan, saying it would lower property values and would be an eyesore.

Steward agreed with the neighbors on both counts.

“I’m worried about aesthetics,” the first selectman said.

Meanwhile, such an obstructive tower doesn’t have to happen, Steward said. Instead, a 60-foot tower could be put on top of the Port 'N Starboard banquet hall to get cellphone reception. That would be far less of an eyesore, as opposed to a massive tower right near the parking lot, he said.

“This is the most beautiful beach they have,” Steward said of New London. “There are other opportunities that are not going to create all types of havoc with the community around it.”

Also, New London dispatch has issues in the area, and needs a radio tower. However, Waterford’s new $6.5 million dispatch center can cover all of New London, and is state-of-the-art technology.

To be part of the system, New London would have to buy new radios and other equipment, Steward said. That would still be cheaper than trying to fix it with radio towers, and it would bring the city into a state-of-the-art system, he said.

“It’s an opportunity for New London not to have to spend so much money,” Steward said.

Neighbors' Reaction

Steve Alligood has been appointed as the spokesman of the group against the cellphone tower, which is composed of Waterford and New London residents. Having Waterford’s first selectman on board is great, he said.

“I’m very happy with the response from the town of Waterford and Dan, helping us research us this cellphone issue,” Alligood said. “’(Steward)’s been very supportive with everything we need.”

Alligood added that Steward, who worked for phone companies for 28 years, is “a wealth of knowledge on the subject.” With Steward’s help, the group is looking for other ways to solve the problem without having to put in a massive tower, Alligood said.

“There are other alternatives to getting cellphone reception,” Alligood said.

August 1 Meeting

On Aug.  1, the New London City Council will vote on approving the new cellphone tower. Steward and Alligood have both said they will be there, and both said they hope the council does not approve the project that night.

Patch called Councilman Wade Hyslop, who refused comment, saying the discussion will be held at the meeting. New London Mayor Martin Olsen and councilman and Republican candidate for mayor Rob Pero did not return Sunday afternoon voicemails. 

ZIGGY July 26, 2011 at 09:41 PM
c'mon Patch----nothing inappropriate here---that's why we love this forum ----suck it up----------unfortunately the truth hurts but should be known
Wayne Vendetto July 26, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Cost effective for whom?
Paul Petrone (Editor) July 27, 2011 at 12:47 AM
I'm not exactly sure what you are talking about. As long as people don't swear or make libelous statements against others (you can read our full policy if you want), I strongly support freedom of speech.
rackemtowers July 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM
everyone please stop worrying about how much revenue this little Q-tip would bring, could we just get some cellphone service in southern waterford? that would be great knowing we could make and receive phone calls, maybe even a text message or two without having to send it 8 times. in the words of willy james huff...let the rack em tower be built!
Spunkford July 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM
More people would be likely go go to the beach if they could receive decent service. It's actually a safety hazard if someone can't dial 911 in an emergency. Us residents of southern Waterford have the highest taxes and the worst service. Either put this tower up, which wouldnt be any more of an eye sore than those broken spunk slides at ocean beach, or clean the spunk outa the goshentower.
sirspunksalot July 27, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Thats exactly my point, this is whats wrong with now a day society. Pay the most and get the least. Last night my house was struck my lightning and it knocked out the phones. Since my cellphone gets no reception its like im living in the 1700's. just to set the mood i turned off all the lights and air conditioning and started to rely on carrier pigeons to send messages (seeing as its more reliable than the phone service in southern waterford) this message is not meant to be disrespectful towards anyone that still lives like George Washington is still the president..
Spunkalunk13 July 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM
If ya turn off your mobile phone and drain a little spunk out of the antenna you'll quickly realize better service is possible
Spunkford July 27, 2011 at 04:53 PM
You'd have to have rocks in your head to deny the idea of better service. Were just jealous that new London is getting the revenue. If u wanna make more money start regulating all the people who give out of town family members their beach pass. It's starting to look like montville and walmart on weekends
pandababiez July 27, 2011 at 04:56 PM
i agree with spunkford, theres atleast 14 billion doll hairs in profit if they make the credentials for a beach pass stricter
Waterford Rez July 28, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Anyone who is caught sharing beach passes should loose those privileges for 5 years. Spunk has very good points about safety and good coverage. Is there any empirical data to support home values actually decrease? One could argue good cell coverage is a solid selling point. Many people are choosing to not have a phone line anymore and go strictly cell. Cell towers benefit many, they have power backup and are indispensable during emergencies such as massive power loss and natural disasters. Many boaters (foolishly) rely solely on cell phones, a tower on the beach would add to the safety factor there too. It would be interesting to poll the Waterford residents living near there who have little if any coverage what they would like. We all wish that we didn't have to see towers everywhere but it is a reality now. Besides, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Kathy Matyas July 30, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Thank you Dan Steward for such a great offer to New London.. Your plan will save New London so much money and address the public safety issue.
JODY ALLIGOOD July 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM
Everyone please tune in to Murray The eye tonight at 8:00 and Sunday night at 6:00 .The alternatives presented will amaze you all! Cell towers are old technology.The cell tower companies have garages filled with inventory they have to get rid of.I assure you cell service will be perfect with these updated alternatives.Please watch,then comment............How would any of you feel if a doctor did an unnecessary surgery knowing full well a less intrusive procedure would resolve the problem.....for the sake of money.This is what we are dealing with here my texting friends.Please comment only after intelligent analysis,PLEASE TUNE IN TO MURRY THE EYE METROCAST 25!
JODY ALLIGOOD July 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM
The biggest natural disaster in this area happened when the hurricane of 38 sent a tidal wave through Ocean Beach.The parking lot was populated with homes and there was a bridge that washed away connecting NL to Waterford.......Please watch Murray the Eye toniht at 8:00 or Sunday night at 6:00 metrocast channel 25.You will be amazed at the alternatives .The head of emergency management during Hurricane Katrina was one of the guests/speaker.Thankyou...........and please give me your thoughts after viewing the show.Lets all think clearly and not divide over this as we all want to resolve this so its a win win for cell service,the environment ,and the people who would incur chronic radiation daily with an obtrusive monster tower.Thankyou
JODY ALLIGOOD July 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Steward is not against an antenna .Steward is against a 140 plus TOWER on 10 foot concrete stands with 8 garage size utility houses surrounding it.....all encased with 15 feet barbad wire fence that says "caution this may excede FCC limits on radiation" The 60 foot antenna Steward is for will be on the roof of the gam.It will solve the problem and still bring in revenue to Ocean Beach.However a much smaller antenna will sufice..Please watch Murray the Eye tonight at 8:00 or Sunday at 6:00 for info on cutting edge technology available.Please drive by L&M Hospital and view the antenna on the roof.It provides cell service to the area with out being intrusive.Thankyou
JODY ALLIGOOD July 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Empirical means by observation only.I advise you to get real data.Please google propery values and cell towers for accurate information on this .Also ask people who live near cell towers why their properties are reasessed for less value.My Real estate agent says 20% or more.The morgage crunch has hurt us enough.OUCH Watch Murray the Eye for eye opening information on viable alternatives tonight at 8;00 and Sunday night at 6;00.Thankyou
Brian July 31, 2011 at 02:17 AM
"incur chronic radiation daily" What does this mean? How could anyone expect to use their cell phone without radiation?
JODY ALLIGOOD July 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Dear Brian,You can turn your cell phone off ,you have the choice .You can walk away from the microwave oven.The residents who live near cell towers are 24/7 recipiants of chronic radiation .The fuel used to keep the generator going does not belong on wetlands.It can easily disperse after a storm or high levels of water.Please visit a cell tower of the size they plan and notice the ugly support buildings and barbed wire fence under it.Observe the humming noise it emits.Metrocast 25 tonight at 6:00 Murray the Eye.Please watch.
Spunkford July 31, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Dear Jody, Cell phone towers emit less radiation then that eye sore called millstone does. Fact is you chose to live in the spunk filled town of waterford. We all are going to get cancer and die anyways so you might as well get some better cell service while u live. Also Brian doesn't want to turn off his phone, he wants service to his phone which isn't possible now. Murray was the biggest waste of time ever. U owe me an hour of my life back
Brian July 31, 2011 at 02:47 PM
"You can turn your cell phone off ,you have the choice..." So you want cell towers that go off when YOU turn off your phone? What about people who are on a different schedule than your or perhaps have some urgent matter while your phone is off? "The fuel used to keep the generator going does not belong on wetlands.It can easily disperse after a storm or high levels of water" Cars have the same problem.
Brian July 31, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Yes Spunkford, I agree, although I cannot comment on Murray which I did not see and I'm not sure I can. Actually, I'm from another town where politicians, lawyers and activists who apparently learned science from gossip magazines, felt they were better positioned to tackle the technical and "health" issues of cell tower placement than scientists and engineers and the world's foremost health organizations. This alliance of ignorance passed legislation making it prohibiting cell towers within 1500' of homes, schools, daycare and houses of worship. The exception is if you can prove conclusive need (which requires non-refundable application fees and expenses) to the town consultant whose job depends on appeasing the anti-cell tower mob that hired him. The result is we have new ordinances but no new infrastructure. In this town everybody has smartphones so demand for service is growing dramatically with no growth in capacity. And coverage has always been very poor in my area. I pay close to $4000/yr on family service which is useless at home. Looks like this lunacy may be heading your way.
Robert Hartford July 31, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Spunk, Brian is from New York and spends most of his time trying to influence other communities to allow microwave emitting cell towers next to schools. He attempts to confuse issues with his pocket thesaurus and pro-industry propaganda. Brian most likely either works for T Mobile or Xerox. Google the two companies together and I think you'll find why Brian spends hours a day, everyday spewing his sewage.
Brian July 31, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Remarks stating that I work for or that I am compensated by T-Mobile, Xerox or any other wireless provider, consultant, vendor, agent, investor, lender or supplier of telecom equipment are libelous. Notice how my postings occur outside business hours. Rob has no evidence indicating I work for T-Mobile or Xerox (because I do not). If he really wants to do a service he can refute my posts or prove how I confuse people. Feel free to see why he lashes out at me. His junk science has been debunked and he can no longer buffalo his local politicians, who responsibly sought advice about cell tower health from the American Cancer Society. He is a discredited and disgruntled activist as you can see here: http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/wagon-wheel-country-music-fest-cancelled-ticket-refunds-complete?ncid=following_comment http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/reception-to-new-tuscany-hills-cell-tower-gets-static-residents-concerned-about-possible-health-risks-to-kids
Brian July 31, 2011 at 04:39 PM
If there is any conflict of interest, it is as a customer with a family plan from Verizon where I spend close to $4000/yr with horrible service in my home. Members of my family own phones from various vendors. I have a Virgin Mobile MiFi which uses Sprint infrastructure. The only payments I have received from wireless providers are rebate checks for upgrade purchases (normal for most customers) and a small award from one of the providers for a class action suit related to improper billing. I owned a small amout of ATT stock which I sold five years ago. I own broad index funds that invest in every company on the stock exchange, plus international index funds. The lack of cell service far overrides any financial advantage I might receive via these funds.
Neil July 31, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Robert Hartford is a California resident hostile to scientific analysis of the cell tower, cell phone, and related technical issues who goes about accusing anybody who disagrees with him of being a wireless company stooge. I am another of his victims. I have challenged him to prove his point via a mutually trusted third party and he has never taken up the challenge. He doesn't understand that good honest people can have very different positions on the same issue. Like Brian, I am from a part of New York that has deteriorating cell phone service caused at least in part by terribly restrictive town regulations that the town government was frightened into implementing because of the excellent PR skills of a small self serving minority of the population. Independent of each other we both started trying to bring some scientific reality into the dialogue and we met in cyberspace doing so. We first focused on our own community but have recently tried to help other communites avoid the problems that our community made for itself. Brian is far more active than I am, perhaps because as an electrical engineer it bugs him a lot more than it bugs me. I am an engineer also, but not an EE. What Brian knew on this subject from his formal training I had to learn on my own. Being retired, however, I have more time to devote to community service than Brian does, but this is only one of many areas in which I am currently involved.
Robert Hartford July 31, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Neil and Brian are a tag team of sorts, spewing their pro-industry propaganda around the country via the Patch. Another of their cohorts is someone named Gary Barnofsky. Try googling that one....very interesting. Remember the T Mobile Xerox search? I'm sure everyone can connect the dots.
Spunkford July 31, 2011 at 10:38 PM
You spunks are not even from Waterford! Take your spunk somewhere else!! I don't care about your stupid mission to spunk on others! I just want better cell phone service! I pay 200 clams a month for phone service and o can't even text from my spunk front mansion... Enough said
Brian July 31, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Ok Spunkford, I've had enough here and you seem to be able to manage this issue. I think we had a positive effect in Lake Elsinore where anti-cell activists besieged council members with junk science. The council there can decide what's best for the town without the phony "health" issue. These activists band together to share a trove of bad science and low quality studies amongst themselves. You may find some outsiders on the other side of the debate come your way as well. Good luck.
Brian August 01, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Hey Paul. I just want you to know that any statements about me being employed for or contracted on behalf of T-mobile and all other wireless companies, their agents, investors, suppliers etc are libelous. I am NOT in the industry. Someone who works at Wal-Mart has more conflict than me. These remarks are from a poster whose selected studies I debunked because they contain very poor science. Anyone trained as a physicist or engineer can see the flaws in these studies. Instead of defending his position, he has made unsubstantiated claims of industry cronyism. You will notice that my posts occur outside east coast business hours because I have a job in an unrelated industry. Thanks.
Robert Hartford August 03, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Brian, you were very helpful making Rick look like a dolt. Additionally, it was because of you and those other pro-industry clowns that we discovered other information that will ultimately terminate the conditional use permit. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.
Spunkford August 03, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Yo Robert. No one uses dolt anymore. The new word is spunk.


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