The deadline for filing a first round of written arguments in the county government's Western Slope Layers appeal has been extended.
Prosecution and defense were to have their opening legal briefs filed by Jan. 21.
But because of the large amount of evidence in the case, up to 12 CDs-full according to county officials, the Colorado Court of Appeals extended the filing deadline to Feb. 18.
The new deadline was discussed during constituent comments at the Board of County Commissioners' meeting Monday, Jan. 27. Organic grower Tom Kay asked about progress in the county's appeal.
Kay has told the BoCC that the September order that shut down Western Slope Layers at Hotchkiss also devastated his organic grain operation. It supplied feed to the 15,000 laying hens once housed at the Hotchkiss facility.
Kay emphasized the situation to the commissioners on Monday.
"Livelihoods are at stake," he said. "We are losing people and losing money. The company (that bought Western Slope Layers' cage free 'organic' eggs) is now looking elsewhere."
County attorney Christine Knight has told the DCI that it could be a year or longer before the appeals court gives a decision.
The county is appealing a September decision by Judge J. Steven Patrick of the 7th District Court that ordered the county to shutter Western Slope Layers on Powell Mesa. The county has retained outside legal counsel from the Denver firm of Holland and Hart to assist in its appeal.
In a second constituent presentation to the commissioners, county resident Robert Laitres said he is opposed to using county money to help fund a Delta downtown revitalization program.
"If downtown is run down, it is because of the businesses, not the customers," Laitres said. "Don't privatize profits and socialize the costs. Municipalities locally and across the U.S. are doing it. We need to stop it."
He explained further saying that, "Paying taxes is not like making deposits in the bank. The (tax) money is (already) spent. But (Delta) spends on what they want, then when they really need something they have to increase the (credit) line." He called the city's golf course, the bypass, and the recreation center "white elephants."blog comments powered by Disqus