Letter: Don’t put us in harm’s way
Pitkin County Commissioners are considering approval for a pot-grow facility in Snowmass Canyon where Ron Radtke, owner of Green Essentials Medical LLC, is hoping to build two greenhouses and ancillary buildings measuring 19,000 sq. ft.
Radtke considers growing marijuana the same as growing potatoes or any other agricultural plant. But, since when does a potato farm need to have its employees fingerprinted and be checked by the FBI and Colorado to make sure they have no felonies or outstanding tax or loan debts? When must access to a potato farm be restricted to employees and escorted guests and have security around the clock?
Also, when is the last time a potato farm was raided by federal agents, as 15 dispensaries, grow warehouses and homes were in Denver on Nov. 22? Guns were seized and a Colombian on a non-immigrant visa was arrested. Is this what we want in our neighborhood? Radtke’s pot-grow operation will not be safe for Old Snowmass.
The greenhouses will be visible from upstairs windows of the neighboring Schlumberger property and 100 percent visible from Highway 82 and the nearby bike path. According to Radtke, there will be no grow lights, but to camouflage the greenhouses from local residences, the bike path and Highway 82, they may be covered by black mesh. That doesn’t make sense. He also states that noise from the fans in the greenhouses will be up to specs. But his decibel figures are not accurate for its location in a reverberating canyon.
Radtke is not a good neighbor, nor does he care. I believe he is interested only in profits and could care less about families or property values.
I have lived on Lower River Road for 27 years and in Pitkin County for 31. My great-grandkids will someday own this beautiful home ranch that I have built, practically all by myself. Don’t let someone who just moved in a couple of months ago lease the land and change the nature of our community. All our friends and neighbors have given so very much.
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