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County commissioners reject big home on the tundra
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Posted on July 21 2011, 12:31am by Mark Esper in Local News category
And board schedules a public hearing to consider a moratorium on high-alpine development.
A shed built in 2008 stands on the alpine tundra above
Animas Forks. It’s owner now wants to build a large home nearby.
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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