Gravel pit hearing slated for Sept. 3 |

Gravel pit hearing slated for Sept. 3

A public hearing for the Mamm Creek gravel pit special use permit will be held before the Garfield County commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 3.The commissioners set the hearing date Monday, after deciding not to hold hearings at the Planning and Zoning Commission level.That decision did not sit well with Doug Grant, an adjacent property owner and sand and gravel operator, who told the commissioners he wanted the Planning and Zoning Commission to review the gravel pit first.”This is a complex site on the banks of the Colorado River,” Grant said. “The citizens of the community need to look at the whole thing.”Commissioner Walt Stowe told Grant the board can address all the community’s concerns during its public hearing.”This room can have 100 people in it that day,” Stowe said.”We can also continue it,” Commissioner John Martin added later.In a memo to the commissioners, planning director Mark Bean said the applicant, Mamm Creek Sand & Gravel, applied in 2001 for a special use permit to operate a sand and gravel pit, concrete and asphalt batch plant at a site north of the Garfield County Airport.The county returned the application because it didn’t meet submission requirements.”Particularly, permits from local, state and federal agencies needed to be in place,” Bean’s memo said.Mamm Creek Sand & Gravel then submitted its application to several agencies, including the city of Rifle, the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the state health department, Bean said.Bean said he recommended the application go directly to the county commissioners because a number of public hearings have been held before the agencies mentioned above.In other business at Monday’s meeting:-County Administrator Ed Green said he is looking into the feasibility of the county using 186,000 cubic yards of vanadium tailings from the UMTRA mill tailings site as fill for the Garfield County Airport expansion project.Green said an environmental assessment would be required before the tailings could be used. Using the tailings could save the county money on the $16 million airport expansion project.Green said the U.S. Department of Energy, which oversees the mill tailing site, must also approve the use of the vanadium tailings.-Commissioners denied a subdivision exemption east of Carbondale on Highway 82 sought by Dennis and Patricia Cerise.-Commissioners awarded a $71,000 contract to Groth Construction to remodel the Mountain View building, and will also solicit bids for a new roof for the building.-Commissioners approved a jail medical services agreement with Colorado West Regional Mental Health.

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