Drive-in theater owner promises upgrades

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For decades, Moffat County's drive-in theater has dominated the east entrance to the city, and has dominated the list of eyesores Moffat County and Craig wished would go away.

Stan Dewsnup, owner of the drive-in has assured the Board of County Commissioners that both sides of the structure would be painted by June at the latest.

"I would like to see it cleaned up and something done [with that lot]. Either tear it down or do something else," said County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos. "It's important to look at an entrance to our town, and how it reflects upon us."

The county has considered stepping in to condemn the site and demolish it on its own, but hesitate to take that action.

"It is a fine line to walk considering someone's private property rights and the county's aesthetic," Raftopoulos said. "It would be great if he painted it, cleaned it up, and opened it up again. The county wants to work with the owner, and it's appropriate to have that site cleaned up."

The city of Craig is unable to move on the issue because it doesn't have any input; the drive-in is not in the city limits.

"Painting and cleaning [the drive-in] might improve things, maybe, but it should be knocked down and the lot cleared out, in my opinion," City Building Inspector Dave Costa said.

Costa also said City Council members have expressed their opinions that the drive-in should be demolished, but could take no official action because the problem lies outside their jurisdiction.

When asked about his plans, Dewsnup said he didn't know.

Dewsnup said he was leaving town to attend business, and would be deliberating the future of the drive-in theater on the trip. He did say the possibility of reopening the theater remains. It is possible Dewsnup will have a definitive answer in a week.

County Commissioner actions

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners met this week. At their meetings they:

Approved the preliminary sketch of plans for four new residential lots located west of the bypass and south of Moffat County road 7.

Attended a presentation concerning the combination of the BLM land designation database with the Assessor's Office electronic records to build a wildland firefighting database.

Passed a motion to accept a bid from Peterbilt for new trucks.

Passed a motion to authorize the lease of the Sunbeam gravel pit.

Passed a motion authorizing research and funding into vertical expansion of the landfill and utilizing the sludge from carwashes to help with compaction.

Discussed the need for added security at the courthouse. They put off a decision until more information was available.

Received an update on the Colorado Works program and progress.

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