I've been following your plight with a mixture of piy and disgust. I think
it's a real *#$% deal you're getting!
I've been through 3 hearings in front of my Zoning Board of Appeals, for
Special Permits and Variances on my tower installations. The advice
that I can think of that applies to your situation is as follows:
1. From my point of view, the chief goal of those in charge is to AVOID
being liable for anything. All they want to do is pass any liability on
to someone else. Remember this as you are preparing.
2. In preparation, get someone to play 'Devil's Advocate' for you.
Have them come up with anything negative that your neighbors or the
city could use agianst you. Prepare a response for all of these potential
3. Play up the issue of your contribution to public safety. Mention that
you are active in the local Civil Defense/FEMA group. (You are, aren't you)!
Point out that what is at issue here is "Communications Effectiveness", and
that you NEED this structure (avoid the T**** word) for reasonable
communications effectivenes in the event of a public disaster. (I'd
go for the EARTHQUAKE disaster - bring reprints of QST articles about the SFO
earthquake and Hurricaine Andrew).
4. Counter any RFI arguments by noting that increased antenna effectiveness
results in less power required and lower RFI potential.
Good Luck -BE POSITIVE!!
-Tony, K1KP, firstname.lastname@example.org
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