And board schedules a public hearing to consider a moratorium on high-alpine development.
A proposed 4,800-square-foot home on a mining claim near Mineral Point was rejected by the San Juan County commissioners last week, after a couple of dozen local residents expressed opposition to the high-alpine project.
The commissioners voted 2-0 to deny the improvement permit application submitted by Dan Lemkuil of Houston for the Fannie Grigsby Lode mine claim.
Commissioner Terry Rhoades recused himself, since he works for Maisel Excavating. Lemkuil indicated Maisel would be retained to work on the project if approved.
County Board Chairman Ernie Kuhlman said he is a firm believer in property rights. And that Lemkuil has the right to “some use of his property.”
But he said the remote alpine tundra is not a suitable location for the proposed home.
“This is a very delicate area,” Kuhlman said. “Once you ruin it, you ruin it forever. It will never heal up.”
Kuhlman pointed out he is not exactly known as an environmentalist.
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