AT&T has publicly posted that a balloon test will be conducted on Saturday April 25th from 9 am to 1 pm. There have been multiple dates published in the Rutland Herald and according to AT&T’s attorney Will Dodge, Downs, Rachlin and Martin, PLLC, the balloon test will be conducted on Saturday the 25th. The Town of Mendon Selectboard and Planning Commission were not consulted on the timing of AT&T’s scheduled balloon test. The town considers conducting this balloon test in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic and during a declared State of Emergency a direct violation of the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Safe orders. The town of Mendon encourages the public to view the balloon from their own properties, but the town does not support or encourage the public to travel public roads and highways to view the balloon. The town of Mendon continues to encourage the public to adhere to the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Safe orders which can be found at https://governor.vermont.gov/covid19response.
AT&T’s publication in the Rutland Herald 4/21/20:
“AT&T / FirstNet: Balloon Test Notice for Mendon, VT New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (“AT&T”), for itself and the federal First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet”), proposes to install a 140’ monopole telecommunications tower at property located on property located off of U.S. Route 4 in Mendon owned by CVMENDON, LLC, Tax Map 06-02011.006, in the Ridgeline Overlay District. The Project will allow capabilities for FirstNet, a national statewide interoperable network for first responders, as well as improving AT&T coverage in Mendon and Chittenden. More information concerning the Project can be found at https://www.drm.com/news/mendon-vt-facility. AT&T will conduct a balloon test for the new facility, which has now been scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 between 9am and 1pm, with a backup date of Friday, April 24 at the same times. A balloon will be flown at a height of 140’ in order to produce photographic simulations documenting the project’s visibility. The balloon will be photographed from roads, highways, and locations requested by the Town. Once prepared, the photographic simulations will be available for viewing by the general public. The final date of the balloon test is being determined by AT&T’s technicians and will be announced once confirmed based on weather conditions. Please https://www.drm.com/news/mendon-vt-facility for further details.”
Update 01/28/2020: A tentative date for the balloon test was scheduled for January 28th. The balloon test has been postponed until further information can be gathered. The town has requested pictures be taken of the balloon test in locations that will have the highest visibility of the tower. The list of these locations is being compiled for AT&T. AT&T offered a landowner permission form that the town has yet to receive. Please see the Mendon Facebook page as well for the most up to date information regarding the date of the balloon test and date of the public hearing. www.facebook.com/townofmendonvt
New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC dlbla AT&T (“AT&T’) proposes to construct and install a new
communications support structure and wireless communications facility at along U.S. Route 4, Mendon,
Vermont (the “Facility” or “Project”), on property owned by Skybrooke Enterprises, LLC (the “Property”
or “Site”). The Property is located in the Residential 1 zoning district. Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
(“DRM’) represents AT&T in connection with the Project. Pursuant to 30 V.S.A. $ 248a, this letter is
intended to provide 60 days advance notice that AT&T intends to submit to the Vermont Public Utility
Commission (“PUC”) a petition for approval to construct the Facility at the Site.
Please click the links below for more information on the project:
To see Mendon’s current Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance click below: