Blowdown timber to be stored at Milner pit site

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— Camilletti and Sons will be allowed to store Blowdown timber on property in Milner. The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-0 this week to approve a special use permit that allows the gravel pit operators to store downed trees.

Timber from the Routt Divide Blowdown north of Steamboat Springs is hauled to the Camilletti's property over the summer and then taken to Dotsero or Silt during the winter and spring when accessing the affected property is more difficult.

Also this week, the Board of County Commissioners: Signed an agreement for an exchange of real property with Dale Leck; Awarded the Household Hazardous Waste project to Safety Clean, Inc. not to exceed $25,000; Authorized $70,000 in temporary assistance to needy families funds to Visiting Nurse Association to fund home visitor services to low income families; Authorized the transfer of approximately $80,000 in temporary assistance to needy families funds to the Colorado Child Care Assistance program; Approved the hiring of the assistant planning director at two steps above entry level for an annual salary of $41,392; Signed an amendment to the airline leases and use agreements with Great Lakes Aviation and Northwest Airlines; Signed a supplemental agreement for a non-federal project at the airport with Connell Resources; Signed a Great Outdoors Colorado grant application for the Phippsburg Community Club to install a sprinkler; Signed a resolution supporting Western Slope County Human Service Agency Service integration; Signed secondary dwelling unit removal agreements with WunderFamily and TRT; Signed a large lot agreement with Langdon Cook to add two secondary units to a primary residence on 154 acres; Discussed a proposed land swap between Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife; Appointed Nancy Stahoviak to the state Rural Workforce Consortium board; Signed a resolution naming June 3-10 as National Homeownership Week; Endorsed a grant application proposal requesting that the western Colorado Pollution Prevention Program relocate from Mesa County to Routt County; Signed a cattleguard agreement between the county, T.M. Hunt, Parks and Outdoor Recreation and the state

As a condition of approval, Frank and Ed Camilletti must remove any trailers stored on the site and spray for spruce bark beetles every year. Commissioners were reassured by Blowdown team leader Frank Cross that the beetles won't spread while being transported on Elk River Road or over Rabbit Ears Pass. Cross said the beetles prefer downed trees and usually fly less than a quarter of a mile from where they emerge.

Including gravel pit traffic, a total of 800 one-way truck trips would be generated each year from the site. The state Department of Transportation will consider whether Camilletti needs to widen U.S. 40 at the gravel pit entrance to accommodate the increased traffic.

Also this week, the board overturned a denial from the county Planning Commission on a sketch plan and rezoning request for the Lakeview Meadows subdivision. The Planning Commission denied the project by Stagestop Development in December. Since then, the developers have addressed the county's concerns with visual impacts of the project near Stagecoach Reservoir, decreasing it from 10 lots to six lots.

The Lakeview Meadows project will next be scheduled for a hearing with the Planning Commission to review a preliminary plan.

The Board of County Commissioners also approved a special use permit for Seneca Coal Company to haul 50,000 tons of coal on County Road 27 from Twentymile mine for a test burn at the Hayden Station over a two-month period.

Seneca Coal and the Hayden Station recently renegotiated their coal supply contract, allowing the mine to purchase coal from outside sources.

The distance from the Twentymile mine loading facility to the Hayden Station is approximately 13.5 miles. Three tractor-trailer trucks will make approximately 35 to 40 round trips each weekday.

The hauls would be made 24 hours a day, excluding school bus pick up and dropoff times.

To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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