Residents get rid of rig trucks

Commissioners give service until Sept. 5 to leave neighborhood

Brandon Johnson

Dust from oil rig service trucks on Thompson Hill bothers John Hall.

Hall said the trucks from R&S Tong Service kick up dust and make the roads rough near his home in the Estey Subdivision.

Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to give R&S until Sept. 5 to get its equipment off the residential property south of Craig.

Hall said he doesn’t like the dust from R&S, but overall, the company has been a good neighbor.

“They’re pretty good old boys,” Hall said about the R&S employees who live and work near his home.

R&S Vice President Robert Howsey applied for a conditional-use permit last month to keep trucks and equipment at the house. Howsey had been operating from the site without a permit since February.

Commissioners tabled the discussion about Howsey’s permit last week because they didn’t have proof he represented Co-Dessa Properties, Ltd., whose name the property is under.

Howsey gave the commissioners evidence that he represented Co-Dessa, and Tuesday, they voted to give him a use permit through Sept. 5.

Howsey’s original request was for a use permit through July 2006.

He said Tuesday that he has a facility in Craig that he will move into as soon as possible.

“I’ll try to get out of there as soon as I can,” Howsey told the commissioners.

Howsey plans to live on the property after he moves the equipment.

Commissioners said the permit will give Howsey ample time to get his equipment off the property.

The use permit set four stipulations on R&S. The stipulations were:

n Employees will abide by the 15 mph speed limit in the neighborhood.

n R&S will water the road to keep the dust down.

n R&S will limit driving to between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

n Employees living in campers on the property will leave immediately.

Moffat County Planner Ben Crippen said the traffic from R&S has caused wear and tear on Aiken Street and Wheatridge Drive.

“In my opinion, the road is a lot worse, considerably worse, than other roads in the neighborhood,” Crippen said.

Howsey said he didn’t have a use permit because he thought he didn’t need one.

The previous owner had semi-trucks on the property when Howsey looked at it, he said.

John Ponikvar, who, along with Hall and five other residents in the neighborhood, wrote a letter to commissioners last month asking them to do something about R&S. He said Tuesday that he was happy with the commissioners’ decision.

“In the end,” Ponikvar told the commissioners “we’re still going to be neighbors.”

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or

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