As of Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Steve Pennington and his wife, Brenda, were surprised to find the county was constructing a cell tower on the other side of their property line after they had a contract for three years to get it on their land. The the county tabled it for three years before denying it just a few months ago.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Dacula couple has sued Gwinnett County for denying a cell phone tower on their property, instead placing it 100 yards away on county parkland.
Steve and Brenda Pennington are seeking the more than $570,000 they would have received from a contract with T-Mobile, that would have paid $1,000 a month for up to 30 years.
Commissioner Mike Beaudreau did not return a message Wednesday, but told the Daily Post last month that the cell tower on Rabbit Hill Park would bring relief to taxpayers.
The Penningtons' lawyer Larry Stewart referenced the article in the lawsuit, alleging that Gwinnett County "acted in bad faith, improperly and without privilege when it secretly negotiated a contract with T-Mobile that destroyed the Plaintiffs' Contract with T-Mobile."