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November 6, 2012
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Don't let Carbondale go to waste

Dear Editor:

On Oct. 25, at the request of the homeowners of Blue Creek Ranch, the board of directors convened a special meeting. As a result, the homeowners of Blue Creek Ranch voted unanimously (and the board ratified) to approve a petition in opposition to the proposed solid waste transfer station to be located at the old Mid-Continent mine site on County Road 100.

As such, we become the largest subdivision in rural Carbondale to stand together in unanimous opposition to this application and stand in support of other HOAs like Mayfly Bend Ranch and Roaring Fork Preserve, among other homeowners who are against the industrialization of our historical and rural community.

The Blue Creek Ranch homeowners also urged the their HOA board to allocate an additional $3,500 of funds from our capital reserves. The funds will be earmarked to help pay for an independent economic impact study, commissioned by Don't Trash Carbondale, to determine the negative impact such a facility would have on individual property values as well as the Garfield County tax base. The results of the study will be presented to the Garfield Board of County Commissioners for their final meeting on the subject Nov. 19. We believe this negative impact to our collective property values to be significant and untenable especially in light of losses the last three years, due to the Great Recession.

In addition to property values, we are concerned about increased truck traffic, noise and exhaust along our beloved County Road 100, for our sake, our neighbors and scores of children who will soon be moving to the newly located Ross Montessori School across the road from Blue Creek Ranch and adjacent to Aspen Equestrian Estates. We fear for the integrity of our water supply, our air quality and excessive noise that will likely emanate from the plant. We are keenly aware such facilities house hazardous and unstable materials and have a tendency to catch fire. We have not forgotten the human-caused brush fire that scorched hundreds of acres of our surrounding community April 15, 2008.

And finally we are against the proposal as we believe it sets a dangerous precedent - the industrialization of rural Carbondale. After earning accolades from National Geographic and Outside magazines as one of the best place to live, work and play, there's simply no place for such a dangerous and potentially damaging facility that most experts say is simply not needed and is politically and financially motivated.

We hope our action will set an example as well as provide a call to action to local groups and individuals to join with Blue Creek Ranch, Mayfly Bend Ranch, Roaring Fork Preserve, the Carbondale Board of Trustees and officials with the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 and Pitkin County Landfill in asking the Garfield Board of County Commissioners to vote against this application on Nov. 19.

Board of directors

Blue Creek Ranch Homeowners Association


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