A proposed cell tower at Richter Park in Danbury is moving on to the next step. The Danbury City Council signed off on a tentative lease agreement between the Richter Park Authority and Bay Communication to place a cell tower on their 180-acre property. The Richter Park Authority wants to improve service in case of emergency, and to generate revenue to fund items in the Master Plan. The Richter Park Authority is submitting three locations to the Connecticut Siting Council, with a preference of the lot located by the maintenance area. The proposal for the monopole structure has an estimated height of 150 feet.
Authority Vice Chairman Al Mead says the Friends of Richter Park group has raised about $70,000 toward the Master Plan. That plan was completed in 2007. Estimates at that time was that it would cost $8.5 million to $10 million to complete the entire Master Plan.
City Councilman Ben Chianese says a cell tower doesn't belong at Richter Park. He says there is new technology that can address safety concerns. He is also concerned with the lease being vague.