Commissioner dealings with Hot Sulphur sounds familiar |

Commissioner dealings with Hot Sulphur sounds familiar

Let me see if I have this right. This past September, the Board of County Commissioners approaches the Town of Hot Sulphur Springs about “combining” some property they each own separately in the Baden-Baden area near the cemetery on the east side of Hot Sulphur Springs. They see no advantage to this proposal and are not interested. A property owner with a couple acres next to that same Baden-Baden area applies for a zoning change from protected land to commercial land at about the same time. This property is actually less than two standard blocks from a residential area at the edge of the Town limits and not a mile outside of the town limits as has been reported. The BOCC sends out letters of the rezoning application only to the owners of the vacant lots adjacent to the property and to none of the current nearby residents, the Town, or posts any public notices. The owner says he’s going to have a vehicle repair garage. No one complains.

On Dec. 23, the BOCC approves the zoning change and then, right after the meeting, purchases that same property. It’s now going to have a 9,300 square foot giant trash compactor that handles 200,000 pounds of garbage a day and have up to 100 trucks per day. And Highway 40 needs to be widened to four lanes.

The residents and Town were given no prior notice or chance to state their views. And then, surprise, the Town and its residents find out about it not from the BOCC but in a small article in the paper about a week later. Complaints pour in.

Residents pack a Town meeting (not an official County meeting where due process should be used) and are told by two Commissioners no other property in the entire county that is currently owned by the County or for sale by a private party is suitable for the giant trash compactor. Although, it seems they only considered three other properties, two of which are the current landfills and were quickly dismissed. The third one the owner tripled the price once he found out who the buyer was. Only this piece of land two blocks outside the town limits is now deemed suitable.

This sounds familiar. Unless I’m mistaken the Granby Rodeo/Medical Center land use issue, where the BOCC wants to tear down the rodeo, move it one block and then replace it with the medical center is still not settled yet. That has also turned into a disaster.

Is that about it?

Ken Anderson


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