Friday, June 9, 2017

FOX News:After 2 Ripon Children Diagnosed with Cancer, Kids and Parents Protest Cell Tower on School Grounds

RIPON -- In a colorful protest, about two dozen Weston Elementary school kids in Ripon skipped class on Wednesday and demanded that the Ripon Unified School District remove what they believe is a cancer causing agent.
“Take down that cell tower,” Kyle Prime, a cancer survivor, said.
"Having a cell phone tower on a school ground, it's... in 2011 it was classified as a known carcinogen so that tells me that it shouldn't be around our children,” Prime's mother, Kellie, told FOX40.
Kyle, 11, was diagnosed with cancer last year.
"I had a Wilms' tumor in my left kidney,” Kyle said.
Another parent, Monica Ferrulli said her 10-year-old son, Mason, was diagnosed six months later.
"I had brain cancer,” Mason said.
Both mothers said it was devastating to learn of their sons' diagnoses. They believe the radiation from the communications tower, which was installed in 2009 on the school’s campus, may be the reason their sons got sick.
"It's there. It's very, very close to the buildings. The kids are there, six, seven hours a day,” Prime said.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PGCPS States the PGCPS Milestone Communications Cell Tower Master Leasing Agreement Was Renewed

PGCPS was asked if the Milestone Communications Cell Tower Master Leasing Agreement was renewed and the response is  "Yes " Milestone  Communications sent PGCPS written notice of "the intent to renew. "
Why did we not get the answer that in fact, CEO Dr. Maxwell had signed a letter extending the lease? Why not share the full details?

Click here to read the Letter from PGCPS  in Response to Citizen Question Asking if The Cell Tower Leasing Agreement Was Renewed.. PGCPS responds that Milestone sent PGCPS Notice to Renew the Master Lease. 

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Milestone Communications Letter to PGCPS CEO Withdrawing From Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Accokeek Academy

Milestone Communications Withdraws From Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Accokeek Academy May 9, 2017 Lett... by Safe Tech For Schools on Scribd


  • Written by  Candace Rojo Keyes 
    GREENBELT – Milestone Communications has backed out of two contentious cell phone tower proposals on school sites in Prince George’s County after fierce opposition from residents.
While there was opposition, it was not just the voices of residents that forced the company to withdraw both applications, but guidelines, rules and regulations that ultimately will prevent Milestone from moving forward with the two proposed sites on Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) land.
“Milestone has withdrawn its application for Accokeek due to the school’s conversion to a K-8. PGCPS policies do not permit telecommunications facilities on elementary school sites,” said Raven Hill, a school system spokesperson.
In the case of the proposed tower at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, issues of transparency and due notice have arisen continuously throughout the process, noted Lupi Quinteros-Grady, the school board member who represents the area.
“The process followed by Milestone Communications has shown a lack of respect for community engagement and a complete dismissal of community concerns. The very location of one meeting showed a clear insensitivity to the community’s views,” Quinteros-Grady wrote in a letter to the chief executive officer (CEO) of PGCPS, encouraging him to reject the tower’s application.

PCCPS Sends Cell Tower Company "Authorization To Proceed" With Cell Tower Letters NOT Shared with School Board nor with the Public

Public information requests reveal that PGCPS sends   "Authorization To Proceed" letters confirming that Milestone Communications can move forward on towers without informing the School Board nor the public. Below we have a letter from PGCPS to a citizen where PGCPS explains the "process" by which these letters never are seen by the public.

Then we share that the letters of authorization that the county has written for the last several years. There is some very interesting information in these letters because as you will see they are very different depending on the school. For example in Greenbelt where it was clear opposition to cell towers the letter does not state that the school board member  "did not object" as other letters did.

Click here to download  PGCPS Letters Authorizing Cell Tower Company to Move Forward with Specific PGCPS Schools

Click here to download  June 6, 2017 Letter from PGCPS explains that "Authorization to Proceed" Letters" are not sent to school board members nor the public.

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Walker Mill Middle School On Way To A Cell Tower: PGCPS says "Yes"

Public information act request reveal a letter where Milestone Communications confirms with PGCPS to move forward with a cell tower at Walker Mill Middle school.

Read the letters authorizing cell towers here and the Walker Mill Middle School is at the very end.
Click here to read authorization letters from PGCPS to Milestone Communications

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

PGCPS Students Sold Out For a Pittance for Milestone Cell Towers on School Grounds

Thes documents show the yearly revenue from the Milestone cell towers on our schools. Some schools are getting only 1000 a month and others 2000 a month. Is it worth it?
Below we have several documents for you to look over showing the very tiny amount of money these cell towers bring to the general fund.

PGCPS CEO Letter on the No-Bid Cell Tower on School Milestone Leasing Deal -May 16, 2017

Letter from PGCPS  confirm that when the school board voted on the milestone cell tower leasing agreement in 2010 they did not have the milestone leasing agreement in front of them. Instead all they had was a Board summary.

Please see the letter below.

See the Board Action Summary Here

Thursday, May 11, 2017

USA9 News Report on the Failed PGCPS Milestone Communications School Cell Tower Deal

USA9 Reports on the Milestone Communications Cell Tower Deal: Cell towers could be built at dozens of Prince George's Co. schools

REENBELT, MD (WUSA9) - A cell phone tower developer is backing away from a proposal to put a tower at Greenbelt’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School. The decision comes as scrutiny is mounting over the company’s confidential lease with the Board of Education that allows tower development at 73 of the county’s 208 schools.
Milestone Communications has told Prince George’s County Public School’s CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell that it will withdraw its application to put a tower at Eleanor Roosevelt H.S. Maxwell criticized the company saying it has “not met our desired standards for transparency, communication and community engagement." Maxwell made his comments in a letter to Board of Education member Lupi Quinteros-Grady, who opposed tower development at Roosevelt.
Even so, the school system in 2016 renewed a lease with Milestone that gives the company rights to develop as many as two towers at dozens of county schools. At least six schools are already cell tower sites. One clause in the lease said the terms must be kept confidential.
Scarato has documented the history of the school system’s dealings with Milestone on her blog, No Cell Tower At PGCPS Schools.

Greenbelt News Review: Milestone Cell Tower Application Rejected by Prince George's County Schools

Read it at this link in full!! 

PGCPS CEO Dr. Maxwell Writes Letter About Milestone Communications "less than desired standards of transparency" in School Cell Tower

Prince George's County CEO  Dr. Maxwell writes letter stating that:

"I concur with you that Milestone Communications has not met our desired standards of transparency, communication and community engagement. Your displeasure with their process, which we share with you, has been clearly communicated to Milestone Communications.
In response, we have been notified by Milestone Communications of its decision to withdraw their application for the proposed telecommunication facility (cell tower) at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
I greatly appreciate your continued advocacy for our students, our schools, and your constituents." 

Dr. Maxwells May 9, 2017 letter was in response to a letter that Ms. Quinteros -Grady wrote (that you can read here) expressing her opposition to the ERHS tower. 

Please read the May 9 2017 letter below. 

Read the Letter from PGCPS School Board Member Lupi Grady that the was responding to below

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PGCPS School Board Member Lupi Grady's Letter In Opposition To School Cell Towers to PGCPS CEO Dr. Maxwell

School Board Member Lupi Grady sent a letter to PGCPS CEO Dr. Maxwell on May 9, 2017.
Thank you Ms. Grady!


Thank you for all your e-mails and expressing your concerns.  I sent attached letter to Dr. Maxwell, Board Members and other elected officials.  I am having a meeting on May 16th at Roosevelt High School at 7:30 to further discuss this matter.  I understand your concerns around health and for many residents they have also shared about the impact of cell towers on their property value.  Hope you all can join me.

Lupi Grady
Board Member, District 2
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mirna Quinteros-Grady <>
Date: Tue, May 9, 2017 at 12:35 PM
Subject: Fwd: Milestone Communication Concern

Dr. Maxwell,

Please see attached letter.  Look forward to your reply.

Lupi Grady
Board Member, District 2