Jefferson County Approves Supertower
March 12, 2007County Commissioners Congrove and McCasky approved the 2003 proposed Supertower to consolidate all transmitters and buildings for Channels 4, 7, 9, 20 and remove four towers on Lookout Mountain. The approval for a Planned Development allows eight stations on a 730 foot tower and a 20,000 square foot industrial building. There are no limits for rental for other devices.
The City of Golden, population 18,000, and Canyon Area Residents for the Environment (CARE), which represents 10,000 foothills residents, attempted to reverse the 2003 county approval to protect the community from additional radiation. A primary issue that was not addressed in 2003 is alternative sites and possible damage from tower fall. District Court Judge R. Brook Jackson remanded the case back to County Commissioners three times.
The March 12 approval is in response to extortion manipulated by Lake Cedar Group (TV stations owned by Westinghouse, Gannett, and McGraw Hill), which quietly gained passage of a bill to preempt Jefferson County during the closing hours of the 109th Congress in December, 2006.
Commissioners expect LCG to comply with the 2003 Official Development Plan and revise or delete the federal preemption, which would enable any digital TV antenna to operate anywhere on 2300 acres of residential Lookout Mountain. The approval does not address alternative sites. JeffCo does not plan to attempt to overturn the unconstitutional federal preemption.
Commissioners deny LCG “Settlement Agreement”
February 5, 2007An estimated 200 citizens responded to notification on Superbowl Sunday that Jefferson County Commissioners were holding a hearing the next day at 1 p.m. A “settlement agreement” with Lake Cedar Group was negotiated by County Attorney Frank Hutfless who suddenly quit on February 5. Assistant County Attorney Eric Butler presented the proposal that would enable LCG to have free reign of residential Lookout Mountain.
During citizen testimony, Butler interrupted several citizens to censor their pleading against any increase of radiation on the mountain. Citizens attempted to help the new Commissioners understand that their primary concern was for health, safety, economic loss and interference with electronic equipment. “Lake Cedar Group propaganda about towers,” said CARE president Wayne Matthai of Genesee. “I was the IT negotiator for Procter and Gamble worldwide for 35 years and never saw anything as unethical as this.”
Golden Mayor Chuck Baroch requested time for City Council to consider the proposed settlement. Golden Attorney Jim Windholz asked why citizen input was not included in the negotiation process saying, “You abandoned us.”
Lee Todd was blunt. “Broadcasters know if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it. Are you going to roll over and play dead? Their propaganda about no place else to go is a lie.” After being interrupted by Butler, she insisted this isn’t about bringing over-the-air HDTV to Denver, which could have been done years ago at safe alternative sites. “This is about a convenient location for a few engineers and making lots of rental money on a huge tower.”
Citizens Steve Howards, Al Hislop, Don D’Antuono, Ned Connelly, Craig Brown, Martha Albright, Patti Roberts, Kathryn Isenberger, Guenter Grothe, Julie Ann Courin, Susan Marcus, Todd Barnes, Eddie Alianiello, Don Patton, and Jim Martin spoke against the “settlement” that relinquished all control of land use. They asked the Commissioners as their “elected representatives” to protect the health and safety of their families.
After all three Commissioners denied the “settlement agreement,” Commissioners McCasky and Hartman voted to approve the 2003 proposed Supertower. Commissioner Congrove voted no.
Thousands of citizens emailed, telephoned, or sent postal letters to U.S. representatives of Colorado in Washington D.C. to deny the federal preemption. Apparently, media corporations that control the public image of politicians are allowed unlimited electrosmog.
Read more about the Antenna controversy in Denver TV stations use Colorado Senators to preempt local land use for profitable antenna towers.
For more information, see a list of previously published articles: Antenna Tower Updates.