E-mail letters, May 25, 2010

This voter won’t be
disappointed by outsiders

The May 25 column by David Brooks saying “Ben” would be disappointed by voting in outsiders is hogwash!

Brooks’ espousing that newcomers in politics aren’t experienced in “crafting legislation” says it all. Isn’t that the problem — too many laws, too many new ones, too many passed without even being read, too many crafted by slick attorneys that only create more business for themselves, too many full of pork, too many influenced by minorities like unions, and too many just for the socialistic purpose of taking from those who work to give to the loafers? Having to work to eat, works.

Now the old bulls want to throw in an extra 24 cents a gallon fuel tax.

New blood can’t be worse that what we have experienced in the last 20 years.  I won’t vote for any incumbent this election.
R.M. Sherman
Grand Junction

Orchard Mesa neighborhood
is being sacrificed for gravel

Sometime in mid-June, area residents might want to write the 70 or so homeowners on and near 29 ¾ Road a thank-you note. Why? Because these residents will be making a huge sacrifice to their safety, property values and quality of life, a sacrifice necessary because of this community’s pressing need for gravel.

That’s correct. According to city and county officials, gravel is so scarce that if their respective building and road departments need to go out of the area to purchase it, costs will soar. To help meet this dire need, a gravel excavation complex is planned for the south end of 29 ¾ Road. So the residents of 29 ¾ Road, whose quiet neighborhood unfortunately lies between this operation and the highway, need to buck up and do their duty as

According to these same city and county officials, these residents seem to have little cause for complaint, despite the following:

• This proposed heavy-equipment industrial complex is at the end of 29 ¾ Road and the city permit will allow up to 150 large trucks to rumble past their homes 12 hours a day.

• 29 ¾ Road narrows to only about 23 feet as it curves up a hill, and 29 ¾ Road is the only road that can be used to access Highway 50.

• There are no sidewalks or even shoulders on this road.

• Heavy equipment will operate only a few yards from the nearest homes.

• No sewer hookups or even treated water hookups will be required.

• This proposed industrial complex encompasses the supposed Ridgeline Protection area – “supposed” because that protection only pertains to housing developments, not industrial uses. Never mind that this ridgeline also serves as a buffer between the neighborhood and the Mesa County Landfill.

• The “comparison” operation the city is using to justify approving this permit is indeed another gravel operation – but it exists on the other side of the hill, is not visible from any home and uses a private road to access the highway. This new gravel operation, however, will be seen and heard by the entire neighborhood, will be allowed to use this narrow public
road, and will even be visible from the highway.

• This complex will be across from the city’s much-vaunted proposed “village center,” part of the new master plan that is designed to so improve our quality of life. How will 150 trucks a day spilling out on the highway across this village center accomplish that?

• If approved, this complex will receive a 5-year permit, with indefinite 2-year extensions.

A hearing on this proposed gravel operation is scheduled for June 8 before the Grand Junction Planning Commission (which will give final approval. Tthis issue will NOT go before the city council unless the Planning Commission’s decision is appealed).

If people don’t believe that these residents should make this sacrifice, please attend and let the city know that sacrificing safety, property values and quality of life isn’t worth a few thousand tons of gravel.

Or, please write those thank-you notes and rest easy tonight, since this is happening to someone else and could never happen to you and your neighborhood. Could it?

Vicki Felmlee
Grand Junction


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