Carbondale opposes trash-transfer facility
CARBONDALE – In a meeting that lasted until 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Carbondale Board of Trustees came out firmly against plans for a solid waste transfer station just east of town.Mountain Roll-offs, Inc. is seeking approval from Garfield County to use the old Mid-Continent Resources coal loading facilities on County Road 100 for a recycling processing facility and a trash-transfer station. The 35-acre site is already zoned for industrial uses.”They don’t think the project should be approved,” said town manager Jay Harrington on Wednesday, following the trustees’ meeting.The facility would process 20 tons of trash and recycled materials per week, collected from a service area stretching from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, and from Meredith to McClure Pass, according to a memo to the trustees.Traffic projections call for trucks from around the region to use County Road 100 and Snowmass Drive, the old coal haul route circling through the southern part of Carbondale, to get to and from the facility.Harrington said a large crowd of area residents showed up to protest the plan, arguing that the facility would be detrimental.Some argued that Snowmass Drive is not appropriate for industrial traffic because an elementary school and a middle school are right alongside the road, he said.Others weighed in against the potential for foul odors and fire danger threatening nearby neighborhoods, as well as the possibility that Mountain Roll-Offs could propose future uses for the site that would be even less desirable than the recycling facility.Harrington said the town staff is working on a letter to send to the county expressing Carbondale’s opposition to the plan. The letter will also list restrictions and conditions the town believes should be imposed if the proposal wins county approval.The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to discuss the matter Thursday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.”So we’ll possibly see two different letters from the town,” Harrington said – one from the trustees, the other from the P&Z.The Garfield County commissioners are scheduled to take up the matter on Sept. 17.In other action Tuesday, the trustees:• Narrowly approved a license for the Green Miracle Medicinal medical marijuana dispensary, located at 985 Highway 133 near the 7-11 Store. The trustees voted 4-3 to approve the license, with Mayor Stacey Bernot and Trustees Pam Zentmyer and Elizabeth Murphy dissenting.• Declined to adopt an ordinance drafted by town staff, laying out regulations and restrictions on the raising of chickens within town limits. The trustees directed town staff to keep pecking away at the idea and to bring another draft ordinance to a future trustee email@example.com
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