Trucking company held hostage by process

Just when we all had thought that the Brady Trucking question was decided, it has come roaring back, to our dismay.

Opponents of Brady’s plans to expand its operations near 27 1/2 and C 1/2 roads in south downtown have vowed to appeal a decision by Mesa County District Judge David Bottger.

Bottger upheld a finding that opponents of the expansion failed a year ago to collect enough signatures to force the issue to the ballot.

Bottger’s ruling struck at the integrity of the petition process. He said the Grand Junction city clerk was correct when she refused to accept a page of signatures containing one of a notary public who also signed in that capacity, verifying all the other signatures.

The loss of those signatures meant that the proponents of the measure came up short of the legal minimum, 1,860, to force the City Council to reverse its approval of zoning for the project or allow voters to decide the issue.

The notary public, Candi Clark, and Grand Junction attorney Harry Griff said they’ll appeal Bottger’s ruling to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Brady Trucking has now had to sit for three years on its investment in the 13 acres and stands to be delayed even longer as the appeal moves to the next court. It has cost the company $500,000 in lost business and attorney fees, officials said. Plans to augment the Grand Junction payroll by 10 to 25 people also have been on hold.

The ability of citizens to hold their government accountable through the courts is time honored and important. The idea, however, never was to hold a business hostage to a never-ending governmental appeal process.

We hope the Court of Appeals acts expeditiously and allows Brady to move forward with decisions long since made.


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