Upper Arlington City Council postponed a vote Monday on an ordinance to allow a telecommunications company to locate its antennas on two city-owned towers.

Upper Arlington City Council postponed a vote Monday on an ordinance to allow a telecommunications company to locate its antennas on two city-owned towers.

According to the council agenda, members were asked to suspend the three-reading rule for the ordinance and vote on the legislation as an emergency.

The legislation would allow Clearwire, a company that offers high-speed Internet services to consumers and businesses, to locate its equipment atop both the city's Zollinger Road water tower and a new light pole at Thompson Park.

Council member Wade Steen asked council to postpone the vote to give residents a chance to learn more about the legislation.

"I have heard from some residents - as have some other (council members) - that they haven't been adequately advised that this was coming forward," Steen said.

Council member Erik Yassenoff agreed with Steen. He asked that council go through at least two readings of the ordinance to give residents a chance to learn about the legislation

Millie McVey of Cheltenham Road near Thompson Park told council that she was not in favor of antennas being installed on a light pole at the park. Under the current proposal, Clearwire would build and own that pole.

"This could just be the beginning," she said, noting that other antennas and telecommunications towers could be built at the park. "We feel that even though it is being called a light post, it is a tower. . We would ask that you reconsider and that it not be placed in Thompson Park."

Mayor Frank Ciotola said he would like more information about what the antennas would look like at the park.

Tom Lindsey, first assistant attorney with the city, said all of the sites under discussion are public property and zoned for telecommunications towers.

"Certainly, all of the citizens within the area are aware that these towers were possibilities at the sites that they are being proposed," he said.

Lindsey also said the Thompson Park project was Clearwire's main priority. He said Clearwire had hoped to have legislation approved as soon as possible so it can extend its services within central Ohio.

"The desire to move forward on the reconstruction and replacement was a primary concern in terms of them scheduling when work can move forward," he told council. "The three readings and the 30-day clause would add basically 60 more days before this is finalized."

In addition to locating equipment on the Zollinger Road water tower and the Thompson Park light pole, Clearwire also plans to lease space on a telecommunications tower on Reed Road and a new tower near the Municipal Services Center on Tremont Road.

The city is still negotiating with Clearwire about whether the company would lease or own a number of the towers, such as the Thompson Park light pole.

Consultant Chris Miller, a lawyer with Schottenstein, Zox and Dunn who specializes in telecommunications, told council that public entities usually do not own towers.

"We don't like to be responsible for the things that we don't use," Miller said.

In other council business, Ciotola read a mayoral proclamation honoring firefighter of the year Mike McCusker for Fire Prevention Week.

Council members also voted that they had no objections to issuing a liquor license to Gallo's Kitchen and Bar on Nottingham Road.