OURAY COUNTY: Tire cleanup to start rolling, monopine to be planted

By Sheridan Block

After years of buildup, approximately 210 tons of waste tires buried and scattered along the Gunn property will finally be removed and properly disposed of.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved an intergovernmental contract between the county and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division regarding the Waste Tire Cleanup Project.
According to the agreement, the project fund provided by the CDPHE will be used to “clean up illegal or abandoned waste tires.” The project will remove tires located on the Gunn property on County Road 4 that were discovered by the county after hundreds of them washed down into the Uncompahgre River after a rainstorm in July 2011.
The contract outlines that the county will be responsible for the removal of nearly 210 tons of waste tires through a subcontract with Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc., which will excavate, clean, shred and haul the tires to the final registered destination at the Montrose County Landfill. The contract must be signed by June 30 and the project is to be completed by Sept. 30.
During discussion, Commissioner Don Batchelder questioned...

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