Club members Randy Cassingham, KØRCC, and Dave Casler, KEØOG, with very little notice, spoke at a Ouray County Planning Commission workshop meeting on Tuesday, July 7th. They were there in response to a proposal that would require a $1000 application fee to put up a tower—any tower. The meeting was reported on page 3 of the July 9 – July 15 issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer, shown below. The bigger issue being addressed by the commission is the proliferation of cell phone towers in Ouray County; Cassingham and Casler were there to persuade them not to extend complex cell tower regulations, especially permit fees, to amateur radio towers.
In addition to the meeting, Cassingham and Casler had a good conversation with Ouray County Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd regarding including amateur radio in the Ouray County Emergency Operations Center. Cassingham already works closely with Ouray County on communications matters that extend beyond amateur radio.