Board blasts activist group in zoning fight

Despite his audience lacking any jurisdiction over his company’s case, Brady Trucking manager Russ Justice blasted the Western Colorado Congress on Monday in front of the Mesa County Commission during a PowerPoint presentation titled “The Truth.”

Brady Trucking is fighting WCC over 13 acres next to the Colorado River at C 1/2 Road.

Western Colorado Congress, a local conservation group, submitted a signature petition to the Grand Junction City Council attempting to overturn the council’s recent decision to zone the property industrial. Brady Trucking, in turn, lodged a protest to the petition, which would place the zoning decision in the hands of Grand Junction voters during the upcoming April municipal election.

“We should not have to go through this fight with the Western Colorado Congress,” Justice said.

Two of the commissioners agreed, saying WCC is out of touch with the majority in Mesa County.

“They (the WCC) have their own agenda and it will shut down business,” said Commissioner Janet Rowland. “I think they are a radical group who does not represent the majority of common-sense-thinking folks.”

Commissioner Craig Meis saw WCC in the same light.

“They have very much overstepped their bounds,” Meis said.

Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said only that Brady Trucking’s plight “is not a county issue.”

Representatives of WCC were not in attendance. Contacted afterward, Bennett Boeschenstein, a member of the board of directors of the Mesa County chapter of WCC, said he was disappointed with the commissioners’ comments.

“That is really unfortunate. Western Colorado Congress is committed to promoting healthy environments and sustaining healthy economies,” Boeschenstein said. “We are not against industry or economic development at all. In fact, we are in favor of it and protecting people’s quality of life.”


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