In a court filing today, all claims and defenses between AT&T and the City of Liberal, Kansas, are dismissed without prejudice, according to a joint application filed with the District Court for the District of Kansas in Wichita. In addition, the parties agreed that each party would bear its own attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses.
In its November 23, 2023 lawsuit, AT&T said the former Vice Mayor of Liberal allegedly informed AT&T’s siting representative that the City would support an ordinance allowing a particular use permit for a 150-foot monopole on the property of the Liberal Country Club after the City denied a prior church location in 2021 due to resident opposition.
The City of Liberal had until April 10, 2023, to answer the lawsuit but negotiated with AT&T. It is unknown if the City approved the Liberty Country Club location or another location for the 150-foot monopole and a 70-foot by 70-foot fenced compound.
On October 11, 2022, the Commission held a public hearing on the application where unsupported claims were voiced by residents, such as possible health issues, large chunks of ice falling onto neighboring properties, lightning arcs and power surge damages, and property devaluations.