Date: Thu, 6 Mar 97 05:59:06 UT
From: "Joe Spinosa" <Spinosa@msn.com>
To: "Tower-Talk Reflector" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "Daniel J. Goemmel" <email@example.com>,
"John M Trigg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Mark -- KQ6HW" <email@example.com>,
Kenneth Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Concord Tower Project Update:
I have just returned from Round #2 before the Concord Planning Commission
(3/5/97 -- 7PM).
I was denied. This comes as no surprise.
My understanding is that the application was denied because the project does
not conform to the City's General Plan. I don't think the Commission's
decision had much to do with what any of my opposition (neighbors) said, or
any ill will toward amateur radio in general. At least that is my
The question now is: Do I appeal the matter to the City Council? My counsel
seems to think this would be the logical course of action. I have also been
advised to perhaps modify my designs to the minimum required to accomplish my
communication needs. You may recall that I am trying to set up a amateur
satellite station. I was under the impression that my "preferred design" was
already pretty minimal, but I will explore alternatives.
My feeling right now, fresh from the hearing, is to pursue the appeal process
along with some modified drawings/designs. This is likely the route I will
It isn't over yet.
My thanks to some dedicated local amateurs who showed up to support this
project. Special thanks (again) to Richard Shappee for the time he has spent
on this matter.
My heartfelt gratitude to Harry Styron, for coming into a rough situation
his expertise and representation. I have the highest regard for Harry, he is
a true professional. I am lucky to have him represent me.
Since my application is specific to amateur satellite operations, it will be
helpful to think of positive things to say about this aspect of amateur
During the hearing I started a short list:
Long Distance Emergency Communication.
Educational Opportunities (i.e. SAREX and MIR Contacts).
International Communications and Goodwill.
Developing Technical Expertise Relating To Space Communications.
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