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GarCo plans tour, meeting to resolve CRMS right of way dispute

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners are getting exasperated with an access dispute just outside Carbondale. They’re planning a public walking tour next week and meeting the week after to figure out how to resolve the matter.

At issue is a county right of way that passes through the campus of Colorado Rocky Mountain School, or CRMS. Although motorized traffic was moved to another road years ago, residents are supposed to be able to use a trail along the right of way. Now neighbors say new development by the school will hinder using the trail. CRMS officials, on the other hand, argue neighbors have been illegally modifying it, and using motorcycles and ATVS. After a stop work order by the County last week, Commissioners took up the issue at a meeting today.

“I want to have a meeting, whether it’s a public meeting or a public hearing,” boomed Commissioner Mike Samson, “I want to get it all out on the table, and get done with it!”  He and the rest of the Board decided on two public events. The first is a walking tour next Thursday, May 14th at the location in question. The week after, on Monday May 18th, commissioners will sit down with CRMS trustees other interested parties.

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