Chamber wants less junk

Possible countywide ordinance would require clean-up

The Craig Chamber of Commerce would like to see a countywide junk ordinance.

The city of Craig already has a junk ordinance, and a county ordinance has met stiff opposition in recent years.

Members of the Chamber board of directors discussed a possible junk ordinance with the Moffat County commissioners at Tuesday's commissioners meeting.

Chamber board of directors President Christina Currie said the chamber especially would like to see entrances to the community cleaned up.

"We know the impact that's having on people who come into the community," Currie said.

Chamber surveys in 1996 and 2002 showed citizens want to see the area cleaned up, Currie said.

Board member Jeff Corriveau said that beautifying the town's entrances would help business.

"Maybe we could attract a business or two every year," Corriveau said.

Commissioner Darryl Steele said he would like to see the county cleaned up.

"It's very important to the image of a town," he said.

The commissioners said they would like to see some areas of the county cleaned up but did not endorse a junk ordinance.

Steele was a commissioner when a county junk ordinance was brought up a few years ago, and he said that opposition to the ordinance was much more vocal than the support.

Currie said the Chamber will advocate for a junk ordinance if it comes before the commissioners.

Commissioner Steele said junk ordinances can be difficult because virtually every ranch has a junk pile.

"We want to focus on the ones that affect someone's health and welfare," Steele said.

Commissioner Saed Tayyara, who was on the City Council when Craig's junk ordinance went into effect, said he hopes the county's building code is enough to keep yards clear of junk.

Enforcing the building code is the responsibility of building inspector Pat Mosbey, but Mosbey is filling in as a planner.

Tayyara said he hopes Mosbey will be able to enforce code violations more when the county hires a full-time planner.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to free up some of his time," Tayyara said after the meeting.

Mosbey could not be reached for comment.

Commissioner Tom Gray said the county wants to hire a planner as soon as possible, but right now, the process is "up in the air."

Gray said his concern with a junk ordinance is that it could infringe on personal property rights.

"I'm a champion of personal property rights," Gray said.

But, he said, homeowners don't have a right to have so much junk that it lowers their neighbors' property values.


Brandon Johansson can be reached at824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com

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