County, firm at loggerheads over Rifle timber operation
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County is holding an ax over a logging operation in TeePee Park, south of Rifle, for failing to follow permit conditions.Garfield County commissioners questioned representatives of Intermountain Resources of Montrose Monday over the company’s use of haul trucks and conventional logging methods.Intermountain’s special use permit calls for using helicopters to remove timber cut on steep slopes.”I don’t think we’ve seen that,” said Commissioner John Martin said.The commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 17, to consider whether to revoke, suspend or amend Intermountain’s permit.Intermountain spokesman Bill Gherardi questioned whether the county’s permit was a Bible, to be followed to the letter, or a working document to be adjusted as time goes along.”The plan became a Bible,” county planner Mark Bean told the commissioners.Garfield County approved the special use permit in 1997, and it was issued in 2000. After the meeting Monday, Bean said the special use permit allows trucks for hauling logs when slopes are less than 50 percent; requires cables on some steeper slopes; and requires helicopters to lift out logs on steep slopes where roads can’t be built.Monday’s discussion was part of Intermountain Resources’ annual special use permit review.In other action Monday, the county commissioners:-Received six applications for three vacancies on the five-member planning and zoning commission. They are: Charles Kent of Parachute, Kit Chapin Lyon of Rifle, Thomas Lloyd of Silt, Steve Carter and Jock Jacober of Glenwood Springs, Bob Fullerton of Carbondale, and planning commission alternates J. Mike Deer of Glenwood Springs and David Stover of Carbondale. The appointments were tabled until the Feb. 3 meeting at Commissioner Trsi Houpt’s request, to give her time to interview each applicant.-Made the following appointments to county boards and commissions: Board of Adjustment: Leo Jammaron, Steven Boat, Brad Jordan and Pete Cabrinha; Garfield County Fair Board: Ed Elder, Keshia Sheets, Leon Hanhardt, Kevin Runia, Kathy Runia, Perry Will, Patty Scarrow, T.J. Dice and Daneen Conn; Weed Board: Brit McLin, Bob Miller, Charles Ryden; Library Board: Bill Lamont and Patti Bateson.-Referred the Chenoa planned unit development back to the planning commission for review on Feb. 12, after Spring Valley Inc. developers asked for an extension to the preliminary plat approval, which expired last year. Chenoa is a golf course community proposed for 5,900 acres southeast of Glenwood Springs near the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus.-Approved a conditional use permit to allow Mike and Nettie Miller to operate a wholesale glass business at their home on County Road 227 near Rifle. As a condition of the approval, the Millers can’t sell glass retail.The next Garfield County Commission meeting is Monday, Feb. 3.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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