Selectboard To Decide November 8
Although no final action was taken at its October 25 meeting, the Selectboard did not object to the Verizon Wireless proposal to place a cell antenna on the Norwich Green, near the Marion Cross School. No public comments, for or against, the antenna were made. In response to questions by Board members, the Verizon Wireless representative said, based on the meeting video at CATV8, that the improved service will be very localized, no trees would need trimming for the installation, and a "minimal" payment to the Town was likely. No information was provided about the proposed or ‘going rate’ of payment.
As a legal matter, the Selectboard is being asked to grant an easement to use Town land for the pole and antenna. It is NOT obligated to grant the easement. Once granted, Verizon Wireless does not need DRB approval and residents are barred from participating in the perfunctory PUC 'certificate of public good' approval process. The November 8 Selectboard meeting is likely the last opportunity for the public and the Town to weigh in on the antenna.