by Kelly Hart

The Saguache County Land Use Department has received an application
for a Conditional Use to place a Communications Tower on the
Johnson/Malouff property at the site indicated in the last update,
some 5/8 of a mile northeast of Casita Park. The proposed Commnet
Communications Tower would provide coverage for wireless phones,
Internet on At&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless
networks, and other services.

This request will be heard by the Crestone/Baca Planning Commission
Board on December 8, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the Baca Grande POA hall,
and this meeting is open to the public. Written comments must be
received by the County Land Use Department by Nov. 19. The application
can be viewed at the Land Use Department during normal business hours.

In reviewing the diagram that accompanies the application, I noticed
that the proposed tower is indicated to be 250 feet high. This is
taller than the 150 foot tower that was proposed on the previous site
owned by the the Baca POA at the Gun Club. It also specifies that
there would be a beacon light at the top and flashing lights midway up
the tower.

I have written to Mike Sharlow, the contractor responsible for site
development, to ask about the necessity for a higher tower and about
the lights, whether they would still be necessary with a shorter mast.