Glenwood’s response satisfies fire victim for now
By Greg MasséPost Independent StaffGLENWOOD SPRINGS – Stan Rachesky, the Mitchell Creek resident who lost his home in the 2002 Coal Seam Fire and was demanding that someone in the city take responsibility, said he’s backing off on his demands for now. Rachesky made the demands at the Aug. 5 City Council meeting. He wanted to see an investigation into the fire and he said he wanted someone in the city to be found responsible – and possibly fired – for the blaze because it started on city-owned property. Rachesky said he received some satisfaction during a Thursday meeting with city manager Mike Copp, city fire chief Mike Piper and City Councilman Dan Richardson. “I just met with the guys yesterday,” Rachesky said on Thursday. “They’re supposed to develop a policy and procedure.”That policy and procedure will direct the city and its fire department on how to maintain the area where the infamous coal seam reaches the surface in South Canyon. “I’m not going to push it, but I just wanted to see what they’d say about protecting the people of Glenwood,” Rachesky said. “I’m going to back off and see what they do.”Richardson said he and the others told Rachesky that the fire department has been monitoring the South Canyon area since the 2002 fire and that whenever someone calls with a report of smoke, the department responds immediately.”We go out there on a regular basis,” he said. Richardson said the city will put together an official policy and procedure to be sure no one forgets how dangerous the coal seam in the South Canyon area can be. “We did promise that to Stan, so I guess we’ll do it, but I don’t know exactly what that will look like,” he said. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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