Fairfield church to pursue cell tower lease

Grace Methodist Church begins process of leasing land near two schools for tower

A Fairfield Woods Road Church voted Sunday to purse a deal to allow AT&T to lease land between two public schools for a cell tower, but amid protests has also announced it will hold a community meeting to discuss alternatives.

The Grace Methodist Church Council voted to pursue the lease Sunday, March 30, while signs about keeping cell towers away from school children line streets around the area and a protest was held on the day of the vote.

The site is between Fairifeld Woods School and Jennings School, not far from the Fairfield Woods Library.

Pastor Kun Sam Cho wrote in an open letter posted on the church’s website that there was disagreement, but that all want “a healthy, mature and vibrant community for all,” and that the church is “struggling.”

“The resources available to FGUMC to provide ministry to our community are diverse, but not unlimited. We have a wealthy abundance of giving, hard-working lay leaders and council members, and an engaged, caring congregation. We are struggling, however, to maintain our property and nursery school, and to adequately minister to those in need,” Cho.

The vote by the church is only for allowing AT&T to lease the land. Local and state approvals are still needed, and elected officials in Fairfield and Hartford said they will pursue alternatives.

The church also announced in its open letter that a community meeting would be held to discuss alternatives.

Updates will be posted as they become available.

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