by Rick Langenberg:
In other action, the commissioners heard complaints from Florissant resident Art Uhl about its dust suppression program, impacting 30-plus miles of roadway in rural subdivisions and costing the county close to $250,000 a year. They were told of problems with mag chloride applications and a difficult driving situation in some rural subdivisions
The Florissant resident posed one logical option: pave more roads and then officials and road crews won’t have to deal with so many dusty, gravel thoroughfares.
However, Commission Chairman Dave Paul maintained that Teller is strapped financially and questioned the reality of future chip and seal paving efforts. He said paving roads comes with additional maintenance costs. “We simply can’t afford to pave roads,” said Paul.
According to Paul, this anti-dust program has been quite popular, with some homeowner groups even requesting additional material from the county, even if they have to foot the bill for the costs. With its current budget, the commission chairman indicated that the county must deal with maintaining its network of nearly 500 unpaved roads.
He noted that if residential neighborhood don’t want to have their roads receive dust suppression material as part of the Environmental Protection Agency mandates (roads that receive a traffic count of 300 vehicles per day are required to be treated with dust suppression applications), then they can petition the county. If most neighbors in a subdivision don’t want the dust suppression material, it won’t get applied, noted transportation supervisor Brad Shaw.