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Brookfield officials weigh in on proposed cell tower

A virtual public hearing has been held by the Connecticut Siting Council about the proposed construction of a telecommunications facility in Brookfield.  Residents have been critical of 5G and similar technology, speaking out before Board of Selectmen meetings for a couple of years warning of the potential impact on health.  The applicant, Homeland Towers, presented an overview of the proposed 165 foot tall tower at 60 Vale Road, with AT&T/FirstNet as the anchor tenant.  They may install public safety antenna at the top of the facility.  During a meeting this week, First Selectman Tara Carr read her comments from the hearing into the record and is opposed to the tower.  Selectman Harry Shaker questioned if emergency responders could put their equipment up without 5G technology.  Selectman Steve Dunn says it would cost less to hook into a new tower than to construct one of the town's own.  Homeland Towers is the same company that constructed the tower at 100 Pocono Road behind the firehouse.