Possible new cell tower; Verizon looks to East Street

By Lisa Capobianco
Staff Writer
The Southington Town Council voted unanimously Monday night in approval of a referral to Planning and Zoning for a possible cell tower on East Street.
During the council meeting, Town Attorney Mark Sciota said that if the zoning approves, a Verizon cell tower will be located on East Street, which is town-owned property.
Sciota added that Southington could earn anywhere between $5,000 and $6,500 a month for the 80 to 90-foot pole ($2,000 for the tower itself and $3,000 to $4,500 for the cell tower site).
“[Verizon] felt this is the best area for them,” Sciota said. “Verizon needs to have better support in that area.”
“This is a great opportunity for the town,” said Town Councilor Dawn Miceli.
Town Councilor Chris Palmieri, who also voted to approve the referral, asked Attorney Sciota about other locations the town discussed for a possible cell tower in the past.
Sciota said the town has looked at previous sites for other cell towers, including the police station, the fire station and downtown, as well as open space areas.
“Anytime [cell providers] come, we show them as many sites as possible,” Sciota said.
Should the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the tower, the Town Council will have the final vote before Sciota completes the contract.
Comments? Email lcapobianco@southingtonobserver.com.

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