By Gail Marvel
OLATHE-On Saturday, Feb. 17th, Olathe resident Bill Maness noticed some truck activity on a 10-acre parcel of land that his brother had listed for sale. “My brother lives in Colorado Springs and I was looking out for the property. I wanted to know what was going on.” In the 1950’s Maness’ dad purchased the Orchard Home Subdivision in Olathe, and some of the 10-acre parcels are still family-owned.
Located on 61.50 Road, between Gunnison Road and Falcon Road, the property is about a quarter mile from the Bill Maness home. “At first I thought the red color was landscaping material that was being piled up.” What Maness discovered instead was a pile of chicken parts — feet, heads, feathers, innards and blood, which was partially covered with sawdust. Maness estimates the pile to be 20-feet long, four-feet deep and 10-feet wide.
Maness witnessed two loads of chicken parts dumped on Saturday and two more on Sunday, the 18th. A truck driver for United Companies, Maness said, “It looked like a 16-foot dump trailer that probably holds five-yards.”
On Sunday Maness confronted the driver of the truck and told him he was trespassing and driving across private property to get to the dump site. The driver left, but simply went to a neighboring property and again trespassed. After talking with family members and neighbors, Maness learned that no one had given permission for the truck to drive on their property, nor were they aware of the dump site.
On Sunday Maness called the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), who has since been to the site twice. On Tuesday Maness will meet with Health and Human Services and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). “They are not burying the parts. I don’t even know if it’s legal for them to bury there because it’s next to a draw.” Aside from the stench that is already developing, Maness is concerned about scavengers — coyotes, racoons, insects, rats. “It’s a health issue.”
After visiting with his brother Maness learned that the property, which sold a few days earlier, was purchased by Ira Goldfarb (owner of Montrose companies Prairie Dog Treats and Star Chicken) for $65,000. The property was sold through Carson Realty, who was unaware of the intended use. Maness said, “In fairness to Bobbi [Carson], the buyer told her they were going to use the property for composting.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Feb. 8, 2018, the Montrose Daily Press published a legal notice concerning the ongoing effluent issues arising from Texas resident Ira Goldfarb’s Star Chicken plant, located at 1850 Launa Drive in Montrose. The company received notice in December that it was found to have significant storm drain violations including fecal coliform.
A public hearing will be held at the Montrose Wastewater Treatment Plant (3315 North Townsend Avenue) at 10 a.m. on March 15 to finalize the City’s new, revised discharge authorization order regarding Star Chicken.
The draft discharge authorization order outlines proposed guidelines for wastewater effluent discharge limitations and monitoring.
Comments or questions must be received from the public by March 12; send them to Michael Norris, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Post Office Box 790, Montrose CO 81402.
By Gail Marvel