Wireless communication equipment will not adorn the top of a light pole at Thompson Park anytime soon.

Wireless communication equipment will not adorn the top of a light pole at Thompson Park anytime soon.

After hearing from dozens of residents protesting the legislation, council voted 4-2 Monday against entering into a lease agreement with Clearwire, which wanted to erect a new light pole on the baseball fields to house its antenna.

Members David DeCapua, Debbie Johnson, Wade Steen and Erik Yassenoff voted against the ordinance, Ed Seidel and Frank Ciotola voted in favor of the measure and Mary Ann Krauss was absent.

Clearwire, which offers high-speed Internet services for mobile devices to consumers and businesses, plans to enter the Columbus market by the beginning of the year.

In addition to the Thompson Park pole, Clearwire also was looking to locate equipment on the Zollinger Road water tower and the tower at the Municipal Services Center. Council members unanimously voted in favor Monday of entering into lease agreements at those two locations.

Members cited different reasons for their votes on the Thompson Park site.

Steen said he was disappointed in city staff for not having the details about the Thompson Park pole available for council and community members.

"This is unacceptable performance," he said. "We can't put forward legislation that we don't know the details. For those reasons, it troubles me. We didn't do it the right way. If we are going to do this, let's do it the right way."

Johnson said she struggled with making the decision with her head or her heart.

Ultimately, she voted against the lease agreement.

"I think it could be placed in a little better way that would not be out in the middle," Johnson said. "I think we could find that. Within the park, I think there has to be a better place for it."

Seidel voted in favor of the ordinance, citing the technological advancement for the city.

"In 1967, it was plastic," Seidel said. "The future today is information and speed, and it seems to me this is a way of brining speed and information to the city of Upper Arlington. From a technological standpoint, I think this is something we need."

Doug Coski, a project manager with Clearwire, attended Monday night's meeting to give more information to council about the proposal, which would consist of the light pole and a ground unit.

He said the Thompson Park tower was part of an overall plan to provide service to the area. Without that tower, the engineering of the Clearwire system within Upper Arlington would have to be reevaluated.

After the vote, Coski said he planned to take council's comments back to his company to determine the next step.