Proposed Cell Tower Balloon Test in Hardwick initially planned for December 5 or 6 has been postponed due to weather concerns.

Due to concerns for poor weather conditions this weekend AT&T is postponing the balloon test for the proposed cell tower in vicinity of Buffalo Mountain.  Please visit this website for up-to-date details on the testing schedule.  From the DRM homepage select News & Events button in the upper right corner.  This will show search news on right side and then enter, “balloon test,” in the keyword field to see listing of the most current news for the Hardwick Balloon Test. The preliminary plan per AT&T is to conduct the balloon test next weekend. 

As noted prior 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  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.