Over the last couple weeks, residents near the proposed poles were notified and given one last chance Tuesday to object.
A small clan of “Save Burbank Neighborhoods” members voiced their opposition to the new poles and more lenient regulations, but the pack was nowhere near the droves that successfully protested the proposed T-Mobile tower on top of the Little White Chapel.
Tuesday marked the fourth time in just three-and-a-half months that the cell tower issue has surfaced on the City Council agenda. Even so, it’s not over yet.
City officials have promised residents a study session with a cell tower policy expert to explore the feasibility of implementing their suggestions, which include equipment disclosure, time limits on permits and increased public noticing.
Who the city will hire to run the session has been a point of contention.
Council members who mentioned bringing back Jonathan Kramer of the Kramer Telecom Law Firm were faced with heavy opposition from residents who felt the attorney was sympathetic to the industry. The city hired Kramer in 2010 as a consultant for the cell tower ordinance.
“We feel maybe our best interests aren’t his best interests,” said Michael Moynahan, donning a “Save Burbank Neighborhoods” T-shirt.
-- Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News
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