FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19 May 2015
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Lake Dillon Fire to hold special meeting on Summit Cove cell-phone tower
Responding to public concerns about a proposed cell-phone tower at the Lake Dillon Fire Station in Summit Cove, the fire district’s board of directors voted to host a special meeting on the matter next Tuesday, May 26.
Public comments and testimony from Verizon Wireless officials will be accepted at the meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Summit Cove station, 0434 Summit Drive.
“Before we sign the final agreement with Verizon to build the tower at our station, we want to consider all of the information available,” said Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board President Jim Cox. “We want to listen to the public and the professionals and make the right decision.”
At Tuesday’s regular board meeting, a half-dozen Summit Cove residents testified that they have concerns over potential impacts of the cell-phone tower on the neighborhood. They also presented an informal petition with 50 signatures of nearby residents requesting that the tower be located elsewhere.
Lake Dillon Fire has negotiated a tentative five-year lease with Verizon with the hope of realizing reliable cell-phone service for Summit Cove residents and during emergency responses in the area.
“We know that residents of Summit Cove long have struggled with cell-phone service, and when Verizon approached us we thought it was worth considering as a potential solution,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Dave Parmley. “We want to be good neighbors and take into account the concerns of residents, both pro and con.”
Verizon approached Lake Dillon Fire in January of 2014 about placing a cell tower at the station, and the matter has been the subject of discussion in public LDFPD board meetings in the ensuing months.
Under the proposal, Verizon would build an attached, 40-foot enclosed tower matching the existing building and appearing as a typical fire-station “hose tower.”
The Summit Cove station currently is used for staging and storage and as a base for the volunteer Lake Dillon Fire Corps, and it is not a response station staffed around the clock with firefighters.
The proposal for the tower also was approved separately by the Snake River Planning Commission – which received no objections – and the Summit County commissioners. As part of that process, all residents within 300 feet of the fire station were mailed a notice of the proposal and the schedule of the county’s public hearings, and the appropriate public notifications were posted at the site and in the newspaper.
In addition to opening a public-comment session at the meeting, the board will accept written public comments by Friday, May 22, via e-mail sent to email@example.com or by U.S. Postal Service mail sent to P.O. Box 4428, Dillon, CO 80435.