I am a Delta County resident out on 25 Mesa Road west of Delta. I was just wondering if anybody else has heard about the new, proposed Delta County gravel pit that they are planning on putting next door to my 35-acre family home.
I would guess probably not ... the letter that the county sent me said that "only residents with property lines within 1,000 feet" were getting notified. Their so-called "public notice" was an 8" x 11" folded piece of printer paper about 50 feet off the road, that I couldn't read with my 10x50mm Steiner (really expensive) binoculars. This piece of paper has since oddly disappeared.
As you can tell I am just as giddy as a kid in a candy store with the county trying to pull a fast one on myself and my neighbors. Between the silica (as bad as coal dust), noise, traffic, and impact on my property value, I decided to drop a copy of this letter by most of my neighbors by hand just for good measure. Only one showed up to the planning department's meeting. I hope more will show up to protest at the next meeting. This just happens to be this Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Room 234 of the Delta County Courthouse. So I can only encourage some more of my fellow residents, who actually care about this matter to show up to this meeting. I mean unless they just want to be walked on by Delta County. I can only say that one of the gentlemen representing these gravel interests will be less than thrilled when bombarded by questions, as he was when he had to leave Room 234 at the last meeting, when he was only being hassled by one. He couldn't answer questions about the silica levels involved in this matter and could only refer us to the ever-so-available EPA. Because everybody knows how easy the United States government is to get ahold of to answer questions about these matters. Maybe he just didn't want to answer my concerned neighbor's questions about the silica levels. Red flag, maybe?
I also think that this might be dangerously close to the wildlife preserve that we have here on Sawmill Mesa. I also happen to wonder what will happen to my fox den (on my property) and friendly, neighborhood mountain lion that have rights as well. They just can't voice their rights, so I guess that I will have to speak for them. I also have to speak for my 11-year-old son who is taking multiple medications for SEVERE asthma. I wonder how the silica levels will treat him. They can't even answer questions why 25 Mesa Road has been severely neglected and patched only before the log trucks run each year. Will I be forced to relocate? Will my property value plummet? Will I be run out of my home? Will I be homeless? How about the birds? How about the wildlife? These are ALL excellent questions that deserve answers. The further I get, the more questions come up. Where will this end? In 40 years when they expect the gravel to run out? There has to be some gravel somewhere closer to nowhere or anywhere that has such potential and nice assets as 25 Mesa Road. Maybe I'm one of the only ones who cares. Maybe not.