- Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 2 p.m.
- Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs Kelly Lipsie told Routt County planner Jake Rosenberg on Monday that he had cleaned up scattered materials waiting to be recycled from his property south of Oak Creek, but county commissioners will proceed with a hearing today that could result in changes to, or even revocation of, Lipsie’s special-use permit.
“We aren’t going to cancel the hearing at this point,” Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said.
The commissioner directed Rosenberg to return to the Lipsie Recycling Center, near Colorado Highway 131’s southern intersection with Routt County Road 14, for a visual inspection. They asked him to return with current photographs.
Lipsie and his wife, Dixie, were awarded a permit Aug. 10 to continue their recycling of industrial metals, though they had been in violation of county regulations while operating without a permit. As a condition of their approval, the commissioners had required the Lipsies to clean up their site by Sept. 10. Commissioners also directed county planning staff to meet with the Lipsies to identify where they could operate while visual screening and drainage issues were addressed.
Site visits Sept. 1, 9 and 13 showed that although the Lipsies had continued to make progress, they had not met the county’s deadline.
When the commissioners set today’s hearing date Sept. 13, County Manager Tom Sullivan said, they effectively granted Kelly Lipsie an additional two-week reprieve.
Commission Chairwoman Nancy Stahoviak said at the time, her patience had grown thin.
Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said Monday that in the interim, she has received numerous e-mails from constituents living nearby about the Lipsies’ operation. The core of the operation involves cutting up discarded pieces of industrial metal, including storage tanks and steel related to coal mining operations. Kelly Lipsie has told the commissioners he typically loads recyclable materials onto a truck every Sunday evening and hauls it to Denver on Monday mornings.