Ward 3 Communications
Letter to Karen Uhlich. April 29, 2021
To: City Council Member Karin Uhlich (Ward 3):
From: Tucson/Pima County Residents and Business Owners
Re: Follow up: Tucsonans' Wireless Telecom Facilities Ordinance
April 29, 2021
Dear City Council Member Karin Uhlich,
On behalf of a large and growing list of residents and entrepreneurs across Tucson and Pima County, we urge you to put the Tucsonans’ Wireless Telecom Facilities Ordinance (TWTFO) on the public agenda for discussion and vote as soon as possible. The TWTFO was drafted by well-informed local residents and vetted by leading experts in public safety, microwave technology, and telecom law. We emphasize that the TWTFO will not only put Tucson in compliance with state and federal telecom law, but further take full advantage of these same laws by better protecting and preserving public safety, privacy and property values, which you took an oath of office to honor and protect.
Your constituents have been anticipating your feedback since the TWTFO was sent to you on March 24. Please answer the following questions to let us know where you stand:
1) Are you ready to solve the city's wireless/small cell problems by engaging with your wellinformed and networked constituents? We are ready to collaborate with you.
2) Have you discussed the TWTFO with city attorney Mike Rankin and, if so, has he offered a point-by-point written legal argument (in support or in opposition) to each proposed amendment to the local ordinance (Sec. E, pages 26-36)?
3) Renowned telecom attorney Andrew Campanelli has graciously offered a free consultation to discuss options Tucson should be considering to fix major deficiencies in the local telecom ordinance. Are you prepared to take advantage of this opportunity?
4) Will you please meet with a few of us for 15 – 30 min. (in-person or virtual) to discuss the TWTFO and answer questions before putting it on the agenda for public discussion?
We look forward to your responses as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, May 4 at 5pm.
Sincerely, Russell S. Witte, Ph.D.
Tucson Resident (Ward 6) and Business Owner