Testimony of Real Estate Appraisers, Community Officials
and Community Members Tower Fall, Regarding Property
Devaluation, Real Estate Tax Reduction, Health Problems,
and Endorsing the Precautionary Principle for Public
Health and Safety in Jefferson County, Colorado District
6110-24 (1999) and PowerPoint
(2003) Bob Barrett is a registered professional engineer
and certified consulting engineer who lives on Lookout
Mountain near broadcast towers. Mr. Barrett’s
1999 testimony analyzes in exacting detail how this
proposal for a 500,000- pound 854-foot supertower violates
Section 15 of the Jefferson County zoning regulations
for tower fall safety zone. The broadcasters’
expert contends that should the tower collapse, all
debris will fall within an area that extends out only
25% of the tower height. Twice, broadcast towers under
construction have fallen over on Lookout Mountain.
6126-30 (1999) and R
11727-29 (2003) Ronald Selstad, registered real
estate appraiser, presents a report of real estate tax
records showing potential tax losses to the county.
He points out the real estate code of ethics requiring
disclosure of anything adverse that may have an impact
on property value. He states: “The caveat among
responsible realtors is if in doubt, disclose.”
6130-38 (1999) Roger Hutchison, PhD in engineering
and economics, submits into the record his economic
impact study of substantial tax revenue reduction
if the supertower is constructed.
6140-6143 (1999) Basil Katsaros real estate appraiser
since 1971, testifies on the real estate industry’s
definitions of ten detrimental conditions.
6253-54 (1999) Bill Calkin PhD in geological engineering
from the Colorado School of Mines, is a Golden CO resident
who testifies as a scientist and as a realtor. As a
scientist he points out that the US standards for RF
radiation exposure are some of the highest in the world
while US EPA standards for other environmental exposures
are the lowest in the world by 5 to 20 times. As a realtor
he states that the towers are unsightly, are frequently
not in compliance with zoning regulations and have an
adverse effect on property values.
(2003) Wayne Matthai testifies as a resident and as
a board member of the Genesee Foundation. He is a retired
vice president for Proctor and Gamble’s information
technology and worldwide telecommunications. He opposes
the supertower as a bad business proposal because it
is not the best interest of the county or its natural
resources. He states that there needs to be broadcast
towers but they need to be out of the living environment.
(2003) Dave Robinson is a resident and registered electrical
engineer for 25 years. He opposes the supertower proposal
because the mechanical and electrical systems of the
proposed facility are the equivalent of an eight-story
office building and on that scale they are incompatible
with a residential zone. He points to noise from air-conditioning
systems, generators, and the visible exhaust emissions
from the numerous generators.
(2003) John Veghte is a resident and a registered professional
petroleum engineer. He opposes the supertower proposal
and points out that the proposed 20,000 gallon fuel
storage tank is a leakage hazard because of its proximity
to the local aquifer and the characteristics of the
(2003) Mario Pasquale is a resident and is the director
of treasury and planning for a manufacturing company
in Denver. He opposes the supertower proposal because
it is a non-conforming use for a residential zone. He
points to the overwhelming involvement of the Lookout
Mountain community in opposition to the tower proposal.
He also notes that his dog recently died of a rare form
11763-65 (2003) Dave Ketchum testifies as Mayor
Pro-Tem of the City of Golden to present the Golden
City Council resolution opposing the supertower proposal
based on RF interference and health considerations.
11765-66 (2003) Mike Bestor Golden CO City Manager
testifies that the Golden City Council unanimously passed
the resolution to oppose the supertower proposal.
6062-65 (1999) and R
11902-05 (2003) Bryan Starling testifies in 1999
as a City Councilor for the City of Golden, Colorado.
He reads into the record the city’s January 28,
1999 resolution opposing the tower proposal and calling
for an independent study of RF interference in the community.
In his 2003 testimony he speaks as a biomedical researcher
and president of a business. He recounts his knowledge
of the practice of large corporations to wear down the
opposition by repeated legal and political maneuvering.
He has worked for Clemson University, Tulane University,
3-M Orthopedics, Coors Biomedical, Imperial Chemical
Industries, British Petroleum and Electronic Pacemakers
6234-41 (1999) and R
11941-42 (2003) Jan Wilkins testifies in 1999 on
behalf of Canyon Area Residents for the Environment
and summarizes the community opposition to the supertower
proposal. She states that the majority of the residents
of Lookout Mountain are unwilling to be guinea pigs
and that as a limited liability corporation, Lake Cedar
Group will not carry the expense of harm to the community.
Her 2003 testimony addresses her involvement in writing
the Central Mountains Community Plan adopted in 1995.
She states that the supertower proposal would be out
of compliance with that planning document.
6277-80 (1999) and R
11881-83 (2003) Margot Zallen testifies as Chairperson
of Plan JeffCo in opposition to the supertower proposal.
She asserts that the proposal does not meet the Front
Range Backdrop Project’s goals of scenic preservation,
land form preservation, trail purposes, wildlife habitat,
and natural resources preservation.
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