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Study Session

Monday, May 20, 2019


Monday, May 20, 2019
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street

Mayor Stromberg called the Study Session to order at 5:30 p.m.
Councilors’ Slattery, Graham and Akins were present.  Councilors’ Seffinger, Rosenthal and Jensen were absent.
  1. Public Input (15 minutes, maximum)
Tom Doolittle- Ashland – Spoke regarding his wife’s health issues due to cell phone towers. He spoke to stop the City from allowing 5G and protect the City of Ashland.
Unmani- Ashland – Spoke that she lives near powerlines and is concerned. She spoke in concern of 5G.  She recommended to find a way to get acoustimeters in the City buildings.
  1. Oregon for Safer Technology Presentation on Implementation of Nationwide 5G Wireless Networking
Kelly Marcotulli – Ashland – Thanked Council and Volunteers.  She explained what Oregon for Safer Technology is. She spoke regarding the concerns and harms of 5G. She spoke that we act now to prevent illness and urged Council to not allow 5G in Ashland.  She spoke regarding the dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) levels.
Alan Rathsam – Ashland - Presented Council with a PowerPoint Presentation (see attached).
Items discussed were:
  • Non-ionizing radiation.
  • Ionizing radiation.
  • Artificial frequencies.
  • Natural frequencies.
  • Exposure limits for outdoor pulsed radio-frequency radiation.
Ivy Ross – Ashland - Spoke regarding the health hazards of wireless radiation. She spoke regarding her research on the topic.
Lynn Georgens – Ashland – Spoke regarding research showing the harms of wireless technology radiation. She spoke to the illnesses that can be caused by wireless radiation. She urged Council to not allow a new cell tower.
Ms. Marcotulli spoke regarding the potential costs of 5G.  
Ms. Ross gave a background on the wireless industry.
Ms. Georgens spoke to what local governments are doing to deter 5G.
Ms. Marcotulli spoke to safety measures for all to consider while using wireless devices.
Managing Director of “We are the Evidence” Dafna Tachover discussed studies showing the hazards of wireless technology radiation.
Documents submitted in the record (see attached).
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:00 PM
Respectfully submitted by:
City Recorder Melissa Huhtala
Mayor Stromberg
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