Mesa County after owner of Mount Garfield property
For the last quarter-century, Dale Holm has collected old cars.
A couple years back, he started gathering them at the base of Mount Garfield, having moved from his former address at 611 33 Road. His collection of more than 25 vehicles is shielded for the most part from public view.
Travelers on Interstate 70 might catch a glimpse of his parked iron if they look to the north at the right time. Hikers of Mount Garfield, on the other hand, get a full view of his collection simply by gazing down.
“I guess you can say I am kind of a junk collector,” Holm said.
Late last year, Mesa County Code Enforcement officials asked Holm to curb his habit. He agreed to a compliance plan in January, promising to rid his property of unlicensed vehicles and rubbish by June 1, said Donna Ross, director of Code Enforcement.
June has come and gone. The cars remain.
“I guess they show up, and you are supposed to dispose of 25 years of junk collecting in one year,” Holm said.
The Mesa County Commission is scheduled to hear Holm’s case at 9 a.m. Dec. 1 at the old Mesa County Courthouse.
The commission could give Code Enforcement permission to file a civil case against Holm, drop the matter entirely or ask the two parties to work outside the courtroom to correct violations.
“There are cars and junk at the base of Mount Garfield most definitely,” Ross said. But, she added, “We are real focused on working with people to correct their code violation.”
Holm said he has tried to live up to his end of the deal. He said he has hauled several loads of trash and at least 10 cars to the dump. Holm said that as an individual, as opposed to a person with a car dealer’s license, he can only sell six cars a year.
Ross said the county received a complaint from a resident about Holm’s property, and that started an investigation.
Holm contends he did a split of his property, and that drew Code Enforcement’s attention.
Regardless of why the county got involved with Holm’s property, it has been active in the past couple years in the area of Mount Garfield.
In late 2008, the county purchased 47 acres south of the Grand Junction landmark and north of Interstate 70.
In the same year, Code Enforcement cracked down on one of Holm’s neighbors, Martin Schwartz of 784 33 Road.
Schwartz had junk and old vehicles on his property, Ross said. The violations on Schwartz’s property have been corrected, she said.