They worried about it hurting their property value. Some claimed radiation from the cell tower could cause health problems.
Some said it was too close to an underground gas pipeline.
"People don't want cell towers in their neighborhoods," Rosenthal said, who also argued the tower be built on industrial property on Edmond Road instead of the neighborhood near Walnut Tree Road.
There are about eight cell towers in the Newtown area but none has been built in about two years.
Earlier this month, workers began clearing ground for the cell tower to be built on Edmond Road. Rosenthal hasn't heard any complaints.
T-Mobile agreed to the Edmond Road spot in 2003, and then received approval from the Connecticut Siting Council. Company officials said both spots would accomplish the same thing.
"That's looking to fill gaps in coverage on Interstate 84 and Route 25," said Jerry Marquis, a T-Mobile spokesman, estimating the service would improve for customers within two miles of the cell tower.
The tower, which is one steel pole, is now designed to extend 130 feet. It will sit within several yards of Church Hill Road near exit 10 of I-84. The structure foundation starts off 4-feet wide and narrows to 2 feet near the top.
Marquis said it should be up by December and will improve service by next January.
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