Thank you to Montrose County Commissioners David White and Gary Ellis in regard to the Uncompahgre Pit denial on Oct. 7 (and a quick return to good health for Mr. Henderson). There was some concern among South Valley residents that the applicant and his associates may have undue influence on our local government officials. In the case of Mr. White and Mr. Ellis clearly this was not true; they did the right thing for the majority of their constituents, many of whom have spoken out strongly against this project, and understandably so. The Commissioners supported the County Master Plan and enforced Zoning as they are required to do by our State Laws and County Resolutions. They were in turn supported by a knowledgeable and reasonable county manager, Rick Eckert.
Property rights do not stop at the edge of your property, as Americans we have laws dating back to the Constitution protecting us from damage without due compensation. In this case, the applicant was simply stepping over those bounds with a project that was too large and too industrial for the Agricultural/Residential area it was planned for. An estimated $10 million in property value was at stake if the project was allowed to commence; along with a drop in quality of life for many folks, increased truck traffic on Hwy. 550 and potential health issues.
Our elected officials researched this complicated matter with due diligence and did what was best for the majority. During this time of government shutdown, favoritism and dysfunction it is a refreshing thing to see.
Thank you, gentlemen.
– Janice Wheeler, Montrose