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BOCC threatens to pull permit

State says it will have a fence in place soon at camping site

Rob Gebhart

After waiting four years for the Colorado State Parks to build a fence at a camping site near the Maybell Bridge, the Moffat County commissioners are ready to revoke the state park’s conditional use permit.

But Ron Dellacroce, who manages the site as part of the Yampa River State Park system, said that move would not be necessary. He intends to have a fence in place by the end of the year.

The state parks established the site in 1999. The commissioners were opposed to it at the time, because they thought the Maybell Park, only two miles west, already provided camping amenities, Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said.

But the commissioners approved the park site on the condition that the state would construct an 8-foot chain-link fence on the southern border to prevent trash from blowing onto the adjacent private property owned by Don Steele, Commissioner Darryl Steele’s brother.

“We have been delinquent in getting that done,” Dellacroce said.

Changes in management and budgetary constraints have contributed to the delinquency, he said.

Despite charging a $5 fee for use of the site, the state park is losing money maintaining it.

“It’s pretty low on the use scale,” he said.

But Dellacroce doubted the state parks would close the site just because it wasn’t making money.

Since meeting with the commissioners in the summer, Dellacroce contacted the Army Corps of Engineers, who inspected the area and set parameters for construction of the fence.

That inspection was required, because the camping site is in a wetlands area.

“When you’ve got to deal with the Corps of Engineers, it takes time,” he said.

A contract to build the fence also has been awarded after the job was put out to bid.

Dellacroce hopes the fence is finished by the time he meets with the commissioners Dec. 28.

The commissioners never have revoked a conditional use permit during Raftopoulos’ eight years as a commissioner.

“It’s absolutely the last resort,” Raftopoulos said. “We don’t like to use that, but we do have those enforcement powers.”

Although the county acknowledged that the site had some benefit as a boat launch, officials didn’t think the campground was necessary, she said. Moreover, they were concerned it would compete with Maybell Park, which the county owns.

The county charges a fee for camping and showering at the park, but the money goes back into the park.

The Maybell Bridge camping site is part of an eight-park system along the Yampa River. Moffat County placed conditions on each park, but only the Maybell Bridge site has created controversy.

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