LIBRARY AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS
August 25, 2015
COURT REFUSES CITY'S REQUEST TO VIOLATE ITS OWN LAWS
May 11, 2015
The City Council (6-0, Pryde absent) unanimously agreed to rubberstamp the 80-foot cell tower project that was twice denied by the City's own hearing examiner (once on the facts and once on reconsideration), via a contrived "settlement agreement" among T-Mobile, its billion-dollar backed cell tower partner, Independent Towers, and the City. The secret "Settlement Agreement" was entered into without any notice to, and without any participation from, the Medina residents intervenors or any other residents. Here is their "Settlement Agreement", here is their motion and here is their proposed order).
December 12, 2014
MEDINA RESIDENTS REPLY TO T-MOBILE & BIG WIRELESS' OPPOSITION, EXPLAIN WHY MEDINA RESIDENTS MUST HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE IN LIGHT OF CITY'S CONFLICTED ROLES AS LANDLORD VS. AS HEARING EXAMINER
November 24, 2014
MOTION TO INTERVENE: RESPECTMEDINA AND MEDINA RESIDENTS DEFEND FAIRWEATHER PARK & CITY'S DENIAL OF BIG WIRELESS INDUSTRIAL CELL TOWER APPLICATION, PLUS FILE PROPOSED ANSWER
December 11, 2014
THE CITY OF MEDINA FILES ANSWER TO T-MOBILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT
November 12, 2014 (and September 2014)
Big Wireless files retaliatory lawsuit in federal court, instead of working to find a pro-community, pro-business solution (0214-01455-RSL T-Mobile West LLC et al v. The City of Medina, Washington, the Honorable Robert S. Lasnik, presiding). Amended complaint is here.
LETTER FROM FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER TO CURRENT COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS STAFF'S MISUNDERSTANDING OF CITY CODE, ASKS COUNCIL TO TAKE ACTION. ORIGINAL INTENT OF CITY CODE IS IMPORTANT - CLICK HERE.
July 16, 2014
Below is the audio from the July 16, 2014 hearing on the requested Special Use Permit, Variance from the required 500-foot set-back, and Variance from the requirement that wireless equipment building be undergrounded, and here are (unofficial) transcripts.
July 16, 2014
Click here to review the detailed comments from Adkins/Harris on why the Special Use Permit and Variances should be denied for failure to comply with the City's Code, including failure to prove need, failure to prove least-intrusive location and least-intrusive type/size of facility, failure to identify and explore any other locations inside and outside the City, and illegal special privilege by seeking a site within an area that is not zoned for wireless.
Thanks to Steve Preston for his detailed analysis of some of the errors, misunderstandings and omissions in the City Staff's report (his letter starts at page 62).
Note that it was only in May 2015 that we discovered, through a public records request at WSDOT, that, at the time of the hearing (July 2014) and through April 2015, T-Mobile's lease with WSDOT for a utility-pole site in the WSDOT Park & Ride was still in effect and had not expired or been terminated -- WSDOT did not kick T-Mobile out of the Park & Ride; T-Mobile left on its own. The least intrusive alternate location for T-Mobile at the time of the hearing, and at the time it filed a federal lawsuit against the City? The 2011 utility pole that it was still leasing from WSDOT in the WSDOT Park & Ride!
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