Commissioners say Carbondale man must cease excavating operations |

Commissioners say Carbondale man must cease excavating operations

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Great fences have not made great neighbors near the property of William Vezzoso and his wife Kim, on Willow Lane near Carbondale.”Our house fills with diesel fumes,” neighbor Julie Kennedy said. “It used to be calm and quiet out there. Now that’s all gone.”The fences are too high for the zoning or are constructed in property setbacks. The smoke and the dust are too much. Trucks and heavy machinery are constantly coming and going, with tailgates slamming or reverse alarms squawking – these are some things neighbors said they’re unhappy about and violate zoning regulations.County officials first investigated after Vezzoso’s neighbors complained about an illegal gravel pit operation and lack of county enforcement. They found violations of the Agricultural Residential Rural Density (ARRD) zone regulations. Garfield County Commissioners voted two to one to give Vezzoso 60 days to bring his zone-violating activities into compliance. Commissioner John Martin opposed the action, saying he thought vested property rights should be preserved.Vezzoso’s attorney, Mike Sawyer, has maintained that after a 1990 misdemeanor case accusing Vezzoso of violating zoning regulations, Vezzoso was told he could continue what he was doing so long as he doesn’t have more than 10 pieces of heavy machinery. He said these vested property rights should not be violated.About five of Vezzoso’s neighbors at Monday’s Garfield County Commission meeting said his operations have become a disturbance.”It’s no longer a little mom and pop excavation operation,” Mike Kennedy said. “It’s a huge pile of dirt. … That’s not ARRD zoning.”Charles Cady said he was concerned about the big picture and the notion that people can do whatever they want in that type of zone.Jody Mack called it “a huge disturbance to everyone in the neighborhood.”He said he had to relocate horses due to smoke caused by numerous bonfires and dust from handling natural resources.”The smoke and dust at times were so dense that I literally could not see my horses from one end of the pasture to the next,” he said.Commissioner Trési Houpt said that the grading or excavating, storage of excavation equipment and illegal fences all need to cease or be brought into compliance within 60 days. After that, Vezzoso may be able to obtain permits for limited work if he needs to excavate or store equipment on his property for agricultural purposes, she added.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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