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Company denied extension

Precision Excavating must make road improvements soon

Gary E. Salazar

— If Precision Excavating wants to open the Camilletti-Milner Pit anytime soon, it must commit to finishing improvements on County Road 179 within six months.

On Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners declined to grant the company an extension to get the improvements done by June 30.

The company was requesting the additional time so it could start providing gravel this month if possible, said David Zehner of Precision Excavating.

“We want the ability to sell gravel without kicking in the six-month time frame,” Zehner said. “We don’t anticipate selling any gravel until next spring. Barring something special in the wintertime coming up, which I don’t see happening, I don’t expect significant sales until springtime. But we would like to be able to sell gravel if something did come up.”

The board decided not to allow the extension because the six-month time frame already provides the company with leeway, Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

“We should leave the condition as it is,” she said. “They have to improve the road in the six-month time frame that they start hauling gravel.”

Last June, the county approved the pit, which is a half-mile south of Milner on C.R. 179, on the understanding the pit would not open until the road was widened and paved.

The company tried to comply with the safety requirements for the road but was not able to complete them this fall.

The company was able to do most of the preliminary work on the road by October.

Zehner said the company held off on paving the road to let the gravel road settle and because winter was approaching.

“October is a dangerous month, especially with the amount of paving that needed to be done,” Zehner said. “It was a gamble to do the paving in October.”

James Pavlik, who lives on C.R. 179, requested the board deny the extension.

Pavlik said it is dangerous to have gravel trucks traveling on the narrow road during the winter.

“The snow hides the edges of the road,” he said. “When there is a gravel truck coming down that road, I try to give as much room as possible. We can’t go down that road not knowing where the shoulders are.

“There is no race to get this done. Sales should be delayed until there is a window to get these improvements done.”

Zehner said he understands the board’s decision but is uncertain when the pit will open for business.

“It will depend on the sales,” he said. “We will weigh that against our ability to get the improvements done in six months.”


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