It’s time to clean up the junk |

It’s time to clean up the junk

To the editor:

A June 29 article in the Craig Daily Press mentioned that the Chamber of Commerce board of directors president Christina Currie said the Chamber “would like to see entrances to the community cleaned up.” The article also said that the county commissioners would like to see some areas of the county cleaned up, but did not endorse a junk ordinance.

One of our greatest eyesores, a vehicle junkyard on U.S. Highway 40 at the east entrance to Craig, does not require a city or county ordinance to force compliance with visual guidelines. The Colorado Department of Transportation Junkyard Regulations, 2 CCR 601-2, were created to control the existing future use and maintenance of junkyards in areas adjacent to the interstate and primary highway systems.

The regulations require that a junkyard operated within 1,000 feet of the highway right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way will be screened so as not to be visible from the highway.

A sprawling landscape of junk automobiles, clearly visible to the public, is hardly the first impression that a visitor needs when entering Craig.

a sight speaks volumes about our tolerance of community blight.

While the city ponders enforcement of existing junk laws and the County debates the merits of any junk laws, local government and the Chamber of Commerce can request that the state enforce its junkyard laws.

Bill Muldoon


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