The Routt County Board of Commissioners will review the special use permit for the Lipsie metal and appliance recycling center south of Oak Creek at Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14. Commissioners want to determine if the owners have met the conditions set down earlier this summer.

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The Routt County Board of Commissioners will review the special use permit for the Lipsie metal and appliance recycling center south of Oak Creek at Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14. Commissioners want to determine if the owners have met the conditions set down earlier this summer.

Routt County commissioners to review salvage yard

South Routt salvager Lipsie Recycling Center faces possible permit revocation

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The Routt County Board of Commissioners will review the special use permit for the Lipsie metal and appliance recycling center south of Oak Creek at Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14. Commissioners want to determine if the owners have met the conditions set down earlier this summer.

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Review, possible revocation hearing of the county permit for Lipsie Recycling Center

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 2 p.m.
  • Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available

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— 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.

Comments

Bitchbee 4 years, 2 months ago

Get those people out of Oak Creek, There is junk on both entrances to town. it is an eyesore. Those people have been getting away with it for years. The OC is not a dump stop treating it like one.

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Dave McClure 4 years, 2 months ago

Government at work. I was once told by a city council president that we, city council, do not create jobs. It is apparent the county commission doesn't either. They take them away! It is really disappointing, when jobs are few and far between, that we can rely on our elected folks to add to the problem. I didn't even know this recycling center existed. Now that I do it is on the verge of being closed and I haven't had the chance to visit and see all the neat stuff. I would really like to know how much tax revenue is being lost when government decides to close businesses. I really do not want to hear about tax increases when revenues are being flushed down the unemployment toilet.

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flotilla 4 years, 2 months ago

dave- it is a junk yard, not a recycling center. you can't go in and buy stuff from them like the milner mall. They haul other people's metal to their house, hold it there, then transport it to denver.

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flower 4 years, 2 months ago

Bitchbee, your name fits you. Maybe you are the kind of people Oak Creek doesn't need.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 2 months ago

It is not a junk yard because there is no intent to store and resell items.

It is a commercial recycling center in which material is brought there to be trucked to Denver.

While it is not the most photogenic operation, similar unflattering pictures could be taken of dozens, if not hundreds of local ranches.

I think an important distinction for Kelly's operations is that there is no intent to store items and there has not been an ever increasing number of stored items.

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Bitchbee 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey flower, go collect some junk, put it in your front yard. U too can be part of the problem. How many washers in your do u have?? Nobody likes to look at piles of crap and rubbish every day on our way to work. Get that crap out of our town or move farther into the county.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 2 months ago

Personally, I don't spend a lot of time looking at the less attractive things along the road.

But if that sort of stuff really bothers you then go to Town Hall and have them start cleaning up the canyon by removing the tire dump, provide visual screening for the waste water plant, and stop dumping concrete and asphalt into the canyon.

Also, Town codes would clearly require visual screening of the county maintenance yard.

Then at least the town and the county could tell people to look at their facilities to see how it should be done.

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greenwash 4 years, 2 months ago

Mabye we can turn this into a positive thing. SREDC should jump on this.You have two junk yards on either end of town and numerous yards littered with vehicles,couches ,fridges throughout OC.How about some creative signage saying...

NOW ENTERING OAK CREEK COLORADO "JUNKTOWN USA"

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flower 4 years, 2 months ago

Good points Scott. Why did did they spend all that money and time to clean up the canyon by the waste ponds to mess it all up a few months later?

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