UPDATE July 24, 2015: Last night we filed another motion with the federal court, asking Judge Lasnik for permission to admit important records that were kept secret from us and the court until now, including information regarding whether there is a "significant gap" in T-Mobile's coverage, and, even if there is, the minimum tower height that would be required to cure the alleged gap. (In the newly-discovered records, the City's own expert seems to suggest that even a 45-foot tower could be sufficient.) Also, Mayor Boyd's emails to residents state that settlement negotiations commenced in February 2015, but newly discovered records show that T-Mobile, T-Mobile's cell-tower business partner, Independent Towers/Vertical Bridge, and the City of Medina, secretly agreed to "settle" the lawsuit with a 70-foot tower and a 1525-square foot cement equipment bunker on December 2, 2014. (Later, the City -- again, secretly -- agreed to "settle" the lawsuit with an 80-foot tower and 1525-square foot cement bunker, in return for new sod and some drainage improvements at the park.)
Despite repeated calls for an open and fully-informed public discussion, the City continues to withhold information and block any meaningful citizen participation or collaboration. The fact is that cell towers are now and have been banned in the City's parks since 1997, and we believe that the City and the wireless industry should not be allowed - whether intentionally or unwittingly - via a secretly-negotiated "settlement agreement," to erase our community's important ban on cell towers in our neighborhood parks. The City was motivated by money in 2010, but public parks aren't piggy banks, and it's not too late to get it right. It's common sense that a major public policy change like that deserves full notice to and participation by Medina residents.
Time is short, but it's not too late to stand with us and demand pro-parks, pro-technology, pro-community solutions. We've got an army of wireless litigators, and the City and powerful corporations and individuals working against us -- and right now we're getting no support from the City Council -- so we need you by our side. Please donate now to help us win. Your donation will help fund our litigation expenses, and any extra funds will be used to maintain and preserve Medina's parks.
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