Jeff and Seth Schwartz, owners of Big B's at 386 High Street, came before the Hotchkiss Town Council June 13 to seek approval of a request to reduce setback requirements on their property. The brothers want to build a new structure at the location with a setback of six or seven feet.
The property is located in an Industrial-1 zoned area. The town's code calls for a 25-foot setback.
At the public hearing, Tom Wills of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission said they recommended approval of the request. There are only two businesses in the entire I-1 zone, Big B's and Hotchkiss Automotive. The six-foot setback will accommodate sidewalk improvements in the future. The corner of the new building will be six or seven feet from the street. The actual street does not match the platted street, and the street is 15 feet on the Schwartz property. The town has a travel easement across the property.
Jeff Schwartz said Big B's Juices needs another apple cooler, 50x50 feet, and 50x20 feet will be used to move trailers off the road. A U-shaped fence will be installed on the west side of the property. They are cleaning up the property. The power line will be put underground. The dumpster will be moved or fenced. They will improve the drainage on the property with approval of the public works department.
The new building will allow them to continue to grow their business, employing 12-15 people from Hotchkiss and using four million pounds of local apples a year. "It will really get the Hotchkiss name out there as a sense of pride," Jeff Schwartz said. "It will look much nicer when it is done." Parking will be safer at the facility with the changes.
During the public hearing no comments were presented for or against the request by citizens. The council voted to approve putting in the new building and granting the setback variance requested.
A second public hearing was for a property rezone request by Robin Waters at 148 E. Main Street. Alex Mehder Jr. attended the hearing on behalf of Waters. The property is zoned Residential-2 and Waters wanted it changed to Commercial-2 in order to run a small business from the Victorian house. The house is near the Hotchkiss Library and next to Back Country Goods. The property is contiguous to C-2 zoned properties on two sides, Wills said. The request was approved by the council.
The third public hearing was for the Carsten Estate at 218 and 226 Poplar Way. Mike McMillan requested a boundary adjustment, which the council approved.
The council approved a $300 donation for Hotchkiss Home Plate.
The Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 received approval for a special events liquor license for a wedding reception on July 5.
Robert Brown sought approval for having three dogs when the code in Hotchkiss only allows two. He formerly lived on Sunshine Mesa. He and his wife are active in CAWS and adopted another dog. They then moved within town limits. According to Brown, he had signatures from his neighbors who had no objection about his dogs. He has permission from his landlords, Stacey and Nathan Sponseller. The dogs are little and kept inside a fenced yard.
Marlin McCracken, trustee, was against allowing the third dog. The remainder of the council approved of the variance as long as there are no complaints or problems.
The council declined the buyout offer of $100,000 from SBA Towers. The town will continue with the agreement it currently has with SBA Towers.
Mike Owens, public works director, and Jim Briscoe, town attorney, were instructed by the council to proceed with completion of the Source Water Protection Plan.
Concerning the enhancement trails, the mayor acknowledged after the report by engineer Joanne Fagan that the Leonard Trail to the fairgrounds and to the bridge will not be completed until 2015.
The next Hotchkiss Town Council meeting will be Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. at town hall.blog comments powered by Disqus