Location of trash transfer station near Hot Sulphur Springs rasises host of concerns
To the Editor:
Citizens of Hot Sulphur Springs should be aware of a brief article that ran in the Ski-Hi Daily News on Dec. 31 regarding a transfer station planned for less than one mile outside the town of Hot Sulphur Springs on U.S. Highway 40.
According to the article this is where all of our county’s trash will be taken, compacted, and returned to a Denver area landfill. It was uncertain if recycling could be a part of the facility.
As this information was surprisingly unknown to members of our community, the newly formed Concerned Citizens of Hot Sulphur Springs committee would like to open the lines of communication. Certainly a better job of communicating an issue as important as our trash staging and recycling so close to our town could have been initiated by the county. This letter of questioning will also be sent to our county commissioners.
Citizens and Commissioners please consider the following:
– Can waste management and the county assure us that no trash would blow out of the area? Are you going to erect a huge fence around the building?
– Does this comply with this section of Highway 40 being a national scenic byway?
– Does this comply with Grand County’s Master Plan? We read emphasis on preserving Highway 40’s views and in particular the entrance east of the town. We also read the county’s desire to “Promote joint development review within a 3-mile area surrounding the town.”
– Will a leach field maintain the potentially hazardous ooze of our county’s trash? The Colorado river is within a quarter mile from the site, which is also just one mile upstream from our town’s water supply. Can you assure us that no contaminants will find their way into our water supply and if so what will you do to clean it up?
– All the trash collected east of Hot Sulphur Springs will be trucked to Hot Sulphur Springs, compacted, and trucked back through most of the towns collected down to Denver. Is this truly the only location meeting efficient use of time and mileage?
– There were only three site options? What about the Kremmling landfill? Are all areas of the Granby landfill sliding?
– Why is recycling not a major focus of this facility?
– As with other transfer stations, will this one service other counties also?
Please let us emphasize we are not against a transfer station. We are against a location at the entrance of town. We are against discovering the plan from a brief article in the paper. We are worried about the apparent lack of communication about this important venture.
Hot Sulphur Springs
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