(This letter was addressed to the Ouray County Commissioners)
My name is Rod Colburn. I am a part-time resident of Ouray County, having owned with my wife, Yolande, a second home on Loghill since 2006, which we visit at every possible opportunity, since we believe it to be among the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth.
We have watched the Verizon Tower developments with interest, concern, and now, distress, as the seemingly unthinkable appears to approach reality.
I've tried to temper those emotions by placing myself in your shoes, since I know that there are no doubt many good and important reasons why this tower should be built. And I try to imagine how things might be different if our place were instead located, for example, in Solar Ranches, or anywhere but Loghill.
But after thoughtful consideration from the various perspectives, one overarching conclusion remains. The single-most valuable resource that Ouray County possesses is its glorious, other-worldly views of the most spectacular mountains in North America. From the upper floor of our home, the 180-degree sweep of the Sneffles and Cimarron Ranges remains utterly breathtaking, even after nearly five years of taking it in. I'm sure there are many reasons why people choose to live in Ouray County, but the clear leader has to be what they can see all around them, every day and year-around. The County's strict visual impact regulations, now being revised and improved, are a clear testament to the importance that the County and its people accord to our greatest resource, natural or otherwise.
So it should come as no surprise to you that the prospect of a large tower right in the middle of the Loghill escarpment, right in front of some of those glorious mountains for almost every resident of Loghill, seems to us like visual pollution of the highest order. Why is our precious resource being so blatantly compromised and sacrificed, especially when the Tower is being erected in clear and egregious violation of the local protections intended to foster and protect the Resource? You are custodians of Ouray County and its resources; why are you permitting such a monstrous violation of Visual Impact principles to be perpetrated?
I know we're only part-time residents, and our voice and influence are (and should be) accordingly muted. But there are plenty of full-time residents of Loghill Village whose views and property values are about to be seriously compromised, unless the tower doesn't go up, or subsequently comes down. What about them? Why should their precious resource be sacrificed for certain vague communications/safety improvements for the rest of the residents that surely could be addressed in a less damaging, rights-depriving, resource-destroying way
I appeal to you: put yourselves in our shoes, because you represent us, too, even we part-timers with little voice and no vote. Please don't allow our glorious landscape, your glorious landscape, to be permanently wounded, violated, polluted. Why is the solar farm, which obstructed no mountain views, visually unacceptable while the Verizon Tower is embraced?
Please, please reconsider, and move quickly to stop this grave injustice.
With lingering hope,
– Rod Colburn