Council agenda: Whether city should pay for residents’ AT&T challenge, scope of facilities study

The West University Place City Council will consider a request Monday for the city to pay for an attorney to represent residents who live near the AT&T property at 4068 Bellaire Blvd. in an upcoming hearing with the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Last fall, the city issued an order restricting some of the activities that AT&T has been conducting at the facility, primarily in the large parking area that faces Academy and Ruskin streets. The city determined some of those activities were not permitted under an earlier agreement.

At the council’s Dec. 14 meeting, the resident said that AT&T was preparing to vigorously challenge the city’s order at the ZBA hearing, and asked for the city to hire an attorney to represent the residents. City Attorney Alan Petrov advised that it was likely prohibited under state law for the city to hire an attorney to represent individual residents but said the council could hire an outside attorney to represent the city as a whole.

In other business Monday, the council will discuss the status of each of the city’s municipal facilities in order to determine which should or should not be included in an upcoming Facilities Condition Survey.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd.

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