Officials in Silt, Colo., have begun the process of de-annexing the Heron’s Nest/Viking RV Park from the town, a move that could solve some of the park’s problems, according to the Glenwood Springs (Colo.) Post Independent.
The Silt town board recently passed the first reading an ordinance to de-annex on a 5-1 vote, with trustee Dave Moore abstaining from the vote.
“The de-annexation will revert the property back to the county,” said town administrator Rick Aluise. “It will be beneficial to the Heron’s Nest because they don’t have to put in the infrastructure (the town requires), and it will be a huge cost savings to them.”
Silt annexed the 27-acre Heron’s Nest, owned by Cory Nielson, into town a year ago so it could hook up to the town’s sewer plant and receive in-town user rates. However, town code prohibits anyone from staying in an RV park more than 60 days. Nielson has maintained that many of his customers, such as those working in the oil and gas industry, stay at the park longer than 60 days, and enforcement of the limit would put him out of business.
Along with the 60-day limit, Nielson also faces the issue of a state health department violation for the park’s sewer system, which must be remedied by Aug. 31.
Town staff suggested that the property be de-annexed from the town to avoid the 60-day limit and that Nielson explore the possibilities of an independent sewer disposal system to avoid paying out-of-town water and sewer rates, which are triple the in-town tap fees and double the monthly rates.
Town officials and Nielson are continuing to negotiate those rates in case he chooses to hook up to the sewer plant.
Not everyone in Silt wants to see the property de-annexed. Mayor John Evans voted against the ordinance.
“I expressed my opinion that I didn’t think de-annexation was in the best interest of the town,” Evans said. “I felt that a piece of property near your town needs to be part of the town, and I don’t feel the county would require the improvements on it that we want.”
A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for mid-August, according to the Post Independent.