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Top Stories 2012: Ridgefield Wants A Cell Tower

Residents filed into the large conference room at Ridgefield's Town Hall to discuss putting a cell tower in an open space the Conservation Commission will be purchasing.
Residents filed into the large conference room at Ridgefield's Town Hall to discuss putting a cell tower in an open space the Conservation Commission will be purchasing. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, stock

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. –  As the end of 2012 nears, The Ridgefield Daily Voice is taking a look back at some of the year's biggest stories .

After having little to no cell phone reception for three major storms in the past year, some Ridgefield residents were looking forward to a possible cell tower in the Ridgebury area.

During a conversation with the Board of Selectmen in mid-November, the commission was asked to consider a possible future sale of small portion of land at the 28-acre open space being discussed on Old Stagecoach Road.

Residents who attended a special town meeting to discuss the purchase of the land asked that the town look into putting a cell tower in the area for the health and safety of the residents there. Many spoke out about their experiences with the three major storms of the past year and how stronger cell service might have relieved fears.

Others, parents, said that the lack of cellphone service at Ridgefield High School, Scotts Ridge Middle School and Ridgebury Elementary School posed very serious concerns for the students and teachers.

The Conservation Commission ultimately decided to not allow for a future town purchase of land at Old Stagecoach as they said it went against their charter to preserve open space in town.

There is a private company looking to work with the town and that they were close to making a decision, said First Selectman Rudy Marconi, during the public meeting.

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