Neighbors annoyed by lights, drainage issues at Kremmling storage facility
March 23, 2009
Kremmling town officials heard an earful at their meeting last Wednesday night from neighbors who are not happy about living next to a recently developed storage facility.
S-O Storage LLC was annexed into the town earlier this month, but the development at issue was approved by the county before the property was annexed.
“There’s nothing we can do about that,” said Town Manager Ted Soltis.
“Why can’t we have fencing up to show nothing?” asked Valarie Stauffer, who said she lives directly behind the storage property. “I just want the town to think really hard about it.”
Stauffer and others also complained about the lighting and site drainage.
Todd Olsen, one of the owners of S-O Storage, said access, lighting, drainage and all the other issues raised by neighbors had been approved during the county planning process and while working with the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“I didn’t hear anyone protest the actual zoning,” said Town Council member Grant Burger III, who noted that the issue at hand was the town’s intention to zone the property, located on U.S. Highway 40 east of downtown, as central business.
“Regardless of whether it becomes central business or not, the storage is still going to be there,” said Mayor Tom Clark. “This is kind of one of those things where you get caught with a worm in a can and you try and clean it up.”
Stauffer then said she is concerned about the zoning itself.
“What’s next, a 7-Eleven?” she asked. “C’mon, guys.”
Town Council member Erik Woog said the site was in fact a gas station when he was growing up, and that such a use would be consistent with the town’s plan for its highway corridors.
“That’s sort of the intent of the corridors,” he said. “It would be spot zoning if we were to zone it anything other than central business.”
The council unanimously approved the zoning.
It also approved central business zoning for another property on a nearby stretch of U.S. 40, known as the Red Mountain Storage LLC.
And, council approved a resolution of intent to rezone property farther east on U.S. 40 known as the Willson Subdivision, which includes the Bureau of Land Management offices, among other things, from residential to central business.
In other business:
– The council unanimously approved a liquor license renewal for JL Enterprises Inc., dba West End Liquor.
– The council went into executive session to address an “emergency scenario ” very important,” Soltis said. Officials said it was nothing the public needs to worry about, just “specialized details for security arrangements.”
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