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


G
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!

Hello,

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.

Regards,
Lupi Grady
Board Member, District 2
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mirna Quinteros-Grady <lupi.grady@pgcps.org>
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

Oppose the ERHS Cell Tower at the PGCPS School Board Meeting May 11 at 5 p m

Raise Your Voice Against The Eleanor Roosevelt Cell Tower! 
Please  come to support and speak at the PGCPS School Board Meeting 
on May 11 at 5 pm. 

We Need You! 

Each person has 3 minutes to speak. 
Please sign up! 
We also need you to come and stand up to show your support for those of us signed up to talk.
The Board of Ed is located at 14201 School Lane in Upper Marlboro.

Members of the public may provide public comment in one of three ways:
  1. Sign up to speak in person via PGCPS online registration form.
  2. Call the Board Members' Office at (301) 952-6115 and register to speak in person.
  3. Email your comments to testimony@pgcps.org.
You must register to speak (either online or via telephone) at least 2 and 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled meeting start time. You will have exactly 3 minutes to address the Board and you may not yield your time to another party.

You can show your support by either being there or by speaking. If you wish to speak you must call the Bd of Ed at (301) 952-6115 by 2 pm on Th at the latest, and preferably before then. You may also register to speak online at their website pgcps.com

You should also send another e mail to and/or call the elected officials below to voice your opposition to the tower. If they don't respond, send or call again and ask for a response.

Board of Ed members and CEO Maxwell [(301) 952-6115]; Council Member Todd Turner [(301)952-3094]; County Exec R. Baker [(301) 952-4131]; Senator Paul Pinsky [(410) 841-3155]; Delegate Alonzo Washington [(410) 841-3652]
lupi.grady@pgcps.orgcountyexecutive@co.pg.md.usceo@pgcps.orgDistrict4@co.pg.md.uspaul.pinsky@senate.state.md.usalonzo.washington@house.state.md.ussegun.eubanks@pgcps.orgcarolyn.baston@pgcps.orgdavid.murray@pgcps.orgdinora.hernandez@pgcps.orgpatricia.eubanks@pgcps.orgkalexanderwallace@pgcps.orgedward3.burroughs@pgcps.orgjuwan.blocker@pgcps.org,  district4@co.pg.md.us, lupi.grady@pgcps.org, rmcneill@pgcps.org, Andree.Checkley@ppd.mncppc.org, Edith.Cleveland@ppd.mncppc.org,   raaheela.ahmed@pgcps.org, nard@greenbeltmd.gov,   dmoran@greenbeltmd.gov, countyexecutive@co.pg.md.us; safeschoolspg@gmail.com , sbroom@wusa9.com, arelis.hernandez@washpost.com, wusa-assignmentdesk@wusa9.com, news4pr@nbcuni.com, fox5tips@wttg.com, , kojo@wamu.org, liz.bowie@baltsun.com, jnorwood@dcw50.com, nick.anderson@washpost.com, Arelis.Hernandez@washpost.com, arelis.hernandez@washpost.com,  ovetta.wiggins@washpost.com, donna.stgeorge@washpost.com, ctvnews@pgctv.org,

Saturday, May 6, 2017

THREE Articles in Opposition to the Eleanor Roosevelt Milestone Cell Tower in GreenBelt News Review


THREE  ARTICLES In The Greenbelt News Review on the Milestone PGCPS Eleanor Roosevelt Cell Tower



Greenbelters Argue Against Cell Tower on School Site 
by Julie Depenbrock

Dasan Bobo has lived on Mandan Terrace in Greenbelt for 22 years. “I bought the home from my mother two years ago,” said Bobo. “I love the town I live in.” But now a proposed cell tower at Eleanor Roosevelt High School has Bobo and his wife Lena Pratt ready to move. Edwin Monono has been a Greenbelt resident for 16 years. He and his family live on the same street as Pratt and Bobo. Monono’s son, an eighth grader, plans to attend Roosevelt next year. Monono said that if the tower is built, he too will move. “We don’t need this in our school community,” Monono said. He, Pratt and Bobo were among the crowd packed into a backroom of Seabrook Seventhday Adventist Church on April 25 to discuss the Roosevelt tower. A number of residents oppose the tower, citing health concerns associated with radiation, property devaluation and visual impact. 

Julie Depenbrock is a University of Maryland graduate student in journalism writing for the News Review

The link to the preliminary report from the National Toxicology Program is biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/06/23/055699 (Watch a video of June 15 Presentation at NIEHS on this study)

 Read the full article by Julie Depenrock at http://greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20170504.pdf


New Cell Phone Tower Dominates Heated Discussion by City Council 
by Diane Oberg

Judging by crowd size, the topic of greatest interest to residents at the April 24 City Council meeting was clearly the proposed construction of a T-Mobile cell phone antenna tower on the grounds of Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS). Council unanimously approved motions to send a letter expressing their concerns to Milestone Communications, which would install the antenna, and to send additional letters to County Executive Rushern Baker and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Council was to collaborate with staff to refine the draft letter to Milestone and the letters to Baker and Maxwell. The ERHS tower would be one of many authorized under an agreement between PGCPS and Milestone. The school board has approved the contract but is not involved in the selection or review of tower sites. The tower would have three vertical supports upon which several large signs would be placed. As an example, Milestone showed a photo of a tower installed at Corkran Middle School in Anne Arundel County, which has panels showing the school mascot, the name of the school and three panels each containing one letter of CMS. 

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No to the Cell Tower At Eleanor Roosevelt 

On Tuesday, April 25 I attended a community meeting at the Seabrook Seventh-day Adventist Church in Seabrook to discuss the proposed cell tower to be erected on the grounds of Eleanor Roosevelt High School by Milestone and T-Mobile. Both Milestone and T-Mobile had representatives present at this meeting. I do not believe the meeting was held in “good faith” to hear the concerns and frustrations of Greenbelt residents on the proposed cell phone tower. The meeting was deliberately not held in Greenbelt as to significantly impact attendance. (I learned after the meeting that Derek Green, communications liaison for Milestone, is a member of the Seabrook Seventh-day Adventist Church.) The meeting was held on the same day the Prince George’s County Board of Education had their board meeting, therefore there was no representation from the board. Sufficient notice was not provided to Greenbelt residents. Milestone and T-Mobile had apparently satisfied the requirement in sending out 3,000 notices to residents, however, neither company could answer questions on how the notices were mailed and to whom. Many attendees from the Greenwood community whose homes border the site where the tower is to be erected did not receive notice. 

Parents in Bethesda, concerned about the health consequences and dangers of being near a cell tower, were successful in stopping a similar tower from being erected on the grounds of Wootton High School due to outraged opposition and activism of concerned parents and residents. I learned at the meeting that  the proposal and approval process is different and easier to satisfy in Prince George’s County than Montgomery County. In Montgomery County, if residents say no, then it’s a no go. Not the case apparently in Prince George’s County, unfortunately. It is interesting to note that only one representative from T-Mobile present at Tuesday’s meeting lives in Prince George’s County. Other representatives from T-Mobile and Milestone present at the meeting live in Virginia, even Derek Green, communications liaison for Milestone, whom I thought was disrespectful and spoke condescendingly to those in attendance. He said several times during the meeting, “we will have to agree to disagree.” Well, Mr. Green, I assume we will have to agree to disagree on the harmful effects of cell tower radiation on those in close proximity. 

Fortunately, there was a representative present from the Environmental Health Trust and the Maryland Coalition Against Cell Towers at Schools, Theodora Scarato, who provided information on the dangers and harmful effects of cell tower radiation. We will also have to agree to disagree that Milestone and TMobile are being shady. Did you know? That one cell tower can accommodate up to six antennas. That means that this cell tower, if erected, could significantly impact the safety and health of residents, not to mention the value of our homes. All the while T-Mobile can increase their profits by selling antenna space to other cellular providers. 

A long-time resident of Greenbelt said, “When I think of Greenbelt, it conjures up feelings of a beautiful, green, environmentally friendly neighborhood,” and that the proposed cell tower would diminish this image. Those residents in attendance unanimously raised their hands and voices against the erecting of a cell tower on the grounds of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. I’m not sure if frustrated and concerned residents can do anything to stop the cell tower from being erected at this point. But, I believe that knowledge and information is key. Residents need to be made aware and become community activists. 

Contact your local officials and say No to the cell tower at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. 
County Executive Rushern Baker, countyexecutive@co.pgmd.us 
Chief Executive Officer Prince George’s County Public Schools, 
Dr. Kevin Maxwell, ceo@pgcps. org, 301-952-6000 
Councilmember Todd Turner, district4@co.pg.md.us, 301-952- 3094 
State Senator Paul Pinsky, paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us 
Greenbelt Board of Education Member, Lupi Quinteros-Grady, lupi.grady@pgcps.org
by  Jacquelyn Hair 

Small Cell Antennas Are Ugly, Emit Radiation: Want This In Front Of Your House?


Submitted to the FCC on Apr 12, 2017 by Marcus Spectrum Solutions.

One of more than 900 submissions to the FCC

News: Residents protest installation of mobile tower



Tribune News Service
Bathinda, May 3
Residents of Model Town 4-5, Green City and Shakti Vihar today staged a protest against the installation of a mobile tower on the top of a shop in their area.
They said if the Municipal Corporation Bathinda and the district administration didn’t stop the work of this mobile tower then they would intensify their protest.
They said this mobile was being installed near the residential area, which was inappropriate.
They claimed that the work of installation was going on secretively due to which it seemed that it was done without any permission from the MCB.
The protesters said the installation of mobile towers in residential areas was a serious health hazard to the people, especially children.
The residents said these towers emitted and received harmful waves and they would not allow their installation at any cost.
It is scientifically proven that such radiations may also cause fatal diseases such as cancer, they added.
Read more here http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/bathinda/residents-protest-installation-of-mobile-tower/401721.html

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Community Meeting for proposed Greenbelt Eleanor Roosevelt High School Cell Tower

This is the community meeting that Milestone had where they briefed the community on the cell tower. April 25th at 7:00pm at 8900 Good Luck Road, Seabrook, MD 20706









Scientific Imaging of Cell Tower Radiation Penetrating The Body


Image of penetration from Seawind Project, European Commission
Cell tower symbol added for clarity as the image is titled the report as being from far field antennae.
http://seawind-fp7.eu/uploads/SEAWIND_FINAL.pdf