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Utilities

What We Do

The mission of the Utilities Commission is to help ensure safe, reliable and efficient utilities services for the residents and businesses of New Canaan. 

In order to achieve its mission, the Utilities Commission will be responsible for understanding and prioritizing key resident and business utility needs, investigating and becoming knowledgeable regarding relevant issues and advancements related to the identified priorities, and communicating recommendations and other critical information in a timely manner to the public and appropriate Town bodies. 


Utilities Commission Volunteer Members

Richard Townsend, Chairman
Sven Englund, Vice Chairman
Jill Guzzetti, Secretary
Karim Khiar
Christa Kenin
Hiran Cantu
Mike Collins
Bernard Clarke
Janee Hunter

You may contact all Board members by sending an e-mail to: utilities@newcanaanct.gov


Meetings

2023 Meeting Schedule 

Agendas, Minutes & Public Comment

All meeting start at  7PM, in the Town Hall Meeting Room.


Commission Projects and Programs

1. Cellular Service 
    a. Improving Cellular Coverage in New Canaan 
    b. FAQ's
    c. New Canaan Wireless Policy - 3/3/2014 
    d. Centerline Solutions Cellular Coverage Analysis of New Canaan - 12/1/14 
    e. Summary of Key Points of Cell Coverage analysis - 12/1/14 
    f. RFP - Design, Construction and Operation of Wireless Communications Infrastructure - 3-21-2016 
    g. April 5 Questions & Answers to RFP 
    h. Current Cell Coverage Plot
    i. West School and Irwin Park sites added
    j. New Canaan Public Survey on Cell Service
    k.Verizon Announces Plans to Add Fiber Optic Links in Town

2. Cell Sites 
    a. Irwin Park 
         i. Draft Site Plans - Irwin Park 
         ii. Coverage Plot for Irwin Park Concealed Site 
         iii.Visual Analysis for Irwin Park Concealed Site 
    
    b. Nature Center 
         i. Legal Opinion of NC Deed 
    
    c. West School 
         i. Draft Site Plans - West Elementary School 
         ii. Coverage Plot for West School Concealed Site 
         iii. Visual Analysis for West School Concealed Site 
         iv. Existing Cell Tower Locations Near CT Schools April 1, 2017 

    d. Waveny Park 
         i. August 18, 2016 Commission letter to Aquarion Water Company
         ii. Town Attorney Letter to Aquarion, September 5th, 2017
         iii. Aquarion response to Town Attorney’s Letter September 13, 2017
         iv. First Selectman’s Letter to PURA re: Aquarion
         v. Cityscape analysis of alternative replacement sites A, B and C 
         vi. Draft Site Plan for replacement site Option A
         vii. Draft Site Plan for replacement site Option B 

    e. Comparing the cost of Fiber vs Fiber and Wireless Hybrid (DAS) vs an All Wireless Network when Seeking Wide Area Coverage

A recent engineering study in Minnesota compared the costs of building different types of networks and found that all fiber and fiber and wireless networks were prohibitively expensive compared to all wireless networks 

https://www.pipestonestar.com/articles/study-finds-wireless-broadband-most-feasible-option-for-local-rural-service/ 

3. Important Links 
    a. New Canaan Wireless Policy - 3/3/2014 
    b. Utilities Commission Resolution on Cell Service Coverage - 12/1/14 
    c. Improving New Canaan’s Cellular Service 

4. Proposed, Planned, or Approved Cell Towers 
    a. Norwalk Armory Docket 

5. Natural Gas 

6. Energy Efficiency 


Cell Tower Planning Process Resources

CT Siting Council
CT Public Act 12-165 “AN ACT CONCERNING THE SITING COUNCIL” 
CT Siting Council Telecommunications Database 

CT Siting Council Pending Proceedings
CTSC Cell Tower Map 

AntennaSearch.com Towers within 4mi of Town Hall 
AntennaSearch.com Antennas within 4mi of Town Hall


Cell Phone and Cell Tower Health-Related Sources

CT Department of Public Health Cell Phone Fact Sheet 

CT Siting Council EMF Guidelines 
CT Siting Council EMF Sources 

FCC Wireless Devices and Health Concerns 
FCC Radio Frequency Safety FAQ 
FCC Human Exposure to Radio Frequencies: Guidelines For Cellular and PCS Sites 
FDA Radiation Emitting Products and Procedures 
EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) 
German EMF Health Portal (English language) 
World Health Organization Electromagnetic FIelds Home


 

IMPORTANT LINKS

    http://www.clpbringspower.com/subpage.html#TreeTrimming   
    Natural Gas Service Areas 
    Cellular Project FAQs
    Visual Analysis of proposed Irwin Park Site
    New Canaan Wireless Policy - 3/3/2014
    Utilities Commission Resolution on Cell Service Coverage 12/1/14
    Summary of Key Points of Cell Coverage analysis 12/1/14
    Cellular Coverage Analysis of New Canaan 12/1/14

PROPOSED WEST CELL TOWER INFORMATION

Below are various resources about the proposed West cell tower, the Town’s efforts to improve cell service throughout town in the last decade and the need for improved service on the West side of town:

1) New Canaan West Master Concept Site Plan
2) New Canaan West FCC Compliance Report
3) Verizon Coverage Maps – Proposed, Existing and New Builds
4) View shed map for proposed West cell tower
5) Homeland Towers Telecommunications Infrastructure Plan – May 2016
6) Centerline Solutions Cellular Coverage Analysis of New Canaan - 12/1/14
7) John Keating, P.E., 11/16/22 Update of Wireless Market Study Report by Centerline Solutions dated 12/1/2014
8) Improving Cellular Coverage in New Canaan 

9) FAQ's
10) New Canaan Wireless Policy - 3/3/2014
11) Aerial Image of Proposed Tower
12) Revised Site Plan for Proposed West Cell Tower – Possible Alternative Locations – March 17, 2023