The Orchard City Town board adopted an ordinance at its Jan. 11 meeting designed "to put teeth" into its building codes by assessing big fines for violations.
The new ordinance, #2016-2, allows the issuance of a stop work order for the failure to obtain a building permit before starting construction.
Violations of stop work orders that have been issued are subject to stiff fines as follows:
• Residential construction, $50 per day for the first seven days; $100 per day for the next seven days; and $500 per day for each calendar day thereafter.
• Commercial construction; $100 per day, then to $500 per day, then to $1,000 per day.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.