BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
A request for a 3 foot height variance in connection with the installation of new cellular equipment for Verizon Wireless on the grounds of the Sundance Hills neighborhood pool property at 5626 S. Galena Street is scheduled to be heard by the Greenwood Village City Council on July 15.
On July 1, six residents of the neighborhood came to the GV city council meeting to let city council members know they strongly disapprove of the equipment being placed there. This followed a meeting held the previous evening (June 30), facilitated by the Sundance Hills HOA, to allow residents to ask their GV city council representatives, George Lantz and Steve Moran, questions about the process by which a request for a height variance for telecommunications equipment works. In answers to residents’ questions about the process, Lantz and Moran were scrupulous about not discussing the pending case, so as to carefully observe city council rules of procedure.
The 3.34-acre property, which includes the pool, tennis courts, and a pool house at 5626 S. Galena Street, is owned by the Sundance Hills Metropolitan District (SHMD).
Sherry Whitehead, who lives across the street from the pool, was first to testify. She said, “Your constituents are speaking. They do not want this tower in the middle of a dense residential area with families and kids. Real or not, they perceive it as a danger. Be the public representatives that you were elected to be and turn this application down.”
Another resident, Jason Pomerantz, told the city council that he was concerned that “the board of SHMD that has signed a lease with Verizon does not have the authority to do so.” He talked about “transformers that are going to be installed…behind a brick wall” and posed the question, “Has anyone investigated whether this is sufficient to contain a transformer explosion?” He also asked, “What procedures are being taken to vet contractors and subcontractors of Verizon that are going to be coming to this facility at all hours of the night immediately next to tender-age children?”
Dr. Mike Rothenberg, who lives on South Fulton Way, said, in reference to SHMD, “In a situation where clearly the community is uninformed…I think our only recourse right now is to speak to [the GV City Council] today because, again, we haven’t been able to communicate directly with the (SHMD) board members.” Charles Whitehead, husband of Sherry Whitehead said, “My concern about this is how community input was sought by the SHMD and how neighborhood notification occurred.”
The City of Greenwood Village 2018 Special Districts booklet, available on the greenwoodvillage.com website in its document center, lists SHMD board members as Mark Adams (president), Kelly Kelly, Stacie Sarsfield, Erin Kindy, and Amy Fehr.
In response to an inquiry from The Villager, Tonya Haas-Davidson, GV city attorney said, “The City has NO role in enforcing the legal obligations of the Metro District to its constituents.” Regarding SHMD, she said, “Metropolitan Districts are subject to the Open Meetings Act same as any other political subdivision of the state. Any meetings at which action is taken or business discussed should have been open and published 24 hours ahead of time.” According to the GV 2018 Special Districts booklet, “SHMD board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except February, July and December) 3rd Wednesday of March and September, 7:00 p.m.: Sundance Hills Community Center “Sailfish Room” 5626 South Galena Street, Greenwood Village.”
A meeting is scheduled between homeowners and the SHMD on July 11 to discuss the issue.
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