Silence is golden
Noise barriers and funding for fire suppression and animal control will come before the Garfield County commissioners Monday. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. with an opportunity for citizens to appear before the commissioners. Between 8 and 10 a.m. , Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario will ask the commissioners to contribute to the state Emergency Fire Fund, which helps the sheriff cover the cost of fire suppression. He’ll also discuss a new contract, for $130,000, for animal control shelter services by Colorado Animal Rescue.Following the consent agenda and a short break at 10:15 a.m., the commissioners will hold public meetings and hearings. Commissioners are scheduled to approve, in the consent agenda, a new zoning regulation for construction of noise barriers. The Garfield County Planning Department has crafted a new amendment to zoning regulations covering noise barriers. A move by the Ranch at Roaring Fork in Carbondale to build noise barriers along Highway 82 prompted the amendment, said county planner Mark Bean.Because the barriers will be built partly in the right of way of Highway 82, the ranch had to negotiate with the Colorado Department of Transportation for access. The ranch agreed to pay for the barriers. But CDOT will not deal directly with private property owners, so the county stepped in to act as an intermediary between CDOT and the ranch, Bean said.The commissioners will also consider acting as the local government agency to deal with CDOT for the Ranch at Roaring Fork and other private parties should the need arise in the future.Other agenda items Monday will include consideration of an easement deed for a portion of County Road 104 in Carbondale and adoption of the 2003 International Fire Code.Nothing is scheduled for Monday afternoon except an opportunity for the public to address the commissioners at 1 p.m. Comments must be limited to five minutes.A full commissioners meeting agenda is available online a http://www.garfield-county.com.A full commissioners meeting agenda is available online a http://www.garfield-county.com.
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