It’s time for citizens to stand up to Grand County’s ill-conceived plans
To the Editor:
When are the citizens of Grand County and specifically Hot Sulphur Springs going to get tired of Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) ramming poorly thought out projects down our throats? The current lack of planning and public input debacle on the proposed waste transfer station is another example of a Board of Commissioners out of control and out of touch.
A bit of history is in order. Perhaps as much as 10 or 12 years ago, Cody Docheff, from whom the county bought the property for the proposed waste transfer station, approached the county about locating his new concrete batch plant on the site. Cody also approached the town of Hot Sulphur Springs for its seal of approval, even though the property is not within the town’s boundaries.
Both entities were not very encouraging about having the batch plant located in a significant view corridor and entrance to the town, not to mention the increase in truck traffic from a concrete operation along that stretch of Highway 40. Docheff’s request was denied.
Of course, Docheff’s batch plant is now in Granby, and not without more than a bit of controversy there. Think Bulldozer Marv…
So, I guess I would pose the question to the county, “What’s the difference between a concrete batch plant and a trash transfer station?” Except of course now that the county owns the land, it’s off the tax rolls. Why won’t the county use some of its own land? It has numerous parcels in the same area.
I have a real problem with Grand County supporting private enterprise this way. If Waste Management wants to build a transfer station, let them do it with their own money ” not ours. A commercial business will pay a nice chunk of taxes if it owns the land. The county will pay nothing.
As usual, the county is way out of control on the proposed transfer station. Nothing new there … remember how the jail was shoved down our throats? Anyone remember the lack of cooperation with the town of HSS when the county brought in modulars for the public health office? And what about the new courthouse? The county bought a whole row of houses and tore them down, taking them off the tax rolls way before a plan for the new courts building was even conceptualized.
What is going on here? These people were elected to serve us. The county has agreed to cooperate in joint planning with all of the towns. In fact, I believe there is a legal agreement between the town of HSS and the county that says both entities will keep the other one informed of development impacts. Why isn’t the town taking legal action?
If you’re as upset about this as I am, you can sign an online petition at http://www.gopetition.com/online/24603.html. It’s time to put our commissioners and county staff back into service of the public, not private enterprise.
Dawnie J Baldo
Hot Sulphur Springs
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