Daily Archives: November 24, 2020

Update on AT&T Proposed Cell Tower and Planned Balloon Test scheduled for December 5 with back up date of December 6

Please be advised New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T) has a petition filed with the Vermont Public Utility Commission requesting a certificate of public good, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248a, authorizing the installation of wireless telecommunications equipment at 283 Cooper Brook Drive in Hardwick, Vermont.  This cell tower installation is in the vicinity of Buffalo Mountain in Hardwick.


For information on file with the Vermont Public Utility Commission (PUC) for this proposed project please visit this link https://epuc.vermont.gov/?q=node/64/153303/FV-Case%20Summary-Portal  At this time a motion is on file with the PUC to extend the comment period to January 13, 2021.  The Hardwick Select Board is planning to hold a special meeting to discuss details associated with this project in advance of January 13 (the special meeting date will be announced later).  On a parallel path the Hardwick Planning Commission is reviewing various details associated with the proposed project as well.

As part of the proposed project review AT&T has agreed to conduct a second balloon test so visual effects of the proposed tower installation can be evaluated.  The announcement for the upcoming test is listed following;

New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC d/b/a AT&T (“AT&T”) proposes to construct and install a new communications support structure and wireless communications facility (as described below, the “Facility” or “Project”) on property located at 283 Cooper Brook Drive, Hardwick, Vermont (the “Property” or “Site”). Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC (“DRM”) represents AT&T in connection with the Project.

To assess the visual effects of the Project, AT&T has scheduled a balloon test at the site of the proposed Site on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 9:00am–1:00pm. The balloon will be flown to a height of 184’ feet and will be photographed from public areas in Town, which will then be used to generate photographic simulations of the Facility from various vantage points within two miles of the Site. Due to the variable weather conditions in Vermont that can affect the balloon test, a back-up date is tentatively scheduled on Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 9:00am–1:00pm.

Please visit this website www.drm.com for up-to-date details on the testing schedule.