Gravel pit may lose permit

Planning staffers say operation is violating conditions

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— The Routt County Board of Commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to revoke the special-use permit that allows Fred Duckels to run the Duckels Hogue Gravel Pit, which supplies most of the county with the high-quality gravel needed to make concrete.

On March 15, the Routt County Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the revocation of the special-use permit after information was presented to the commission that Duckels Construction Inc., which runs the mine, was failing to adhere to permit conditions.

Planning staffers John Eastman and Jim Goosens each explained at the March 15 meeting that four conditions of the permit were not being met: Duckels failed to extend a dirt berm along the road as mining operations expanded to shield the pit, allowed more than 15 acres of land to be disturbed at one time, didn't consistently maintain a four-inch water flow in the Duquette Ditch which runs through the property and didn't maintain noxious weed control on disturbed land.

Lastly, the staffers said there is a possibility that an average of more than 12 trucks in one hour were turning into the mine, west of Steamboat Springs, from U.S. 40 which, according to Colorado Department of Transportation rules, means Duckels would have to build acceleration and deceleration lanes.

Duckels will stand in front of the Routt County Commissioners, who have the final decision on the issue, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Hearing Room in the Routt Count Courthouse.

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