Delta Considers Allowing Explosive Storage in City Limits
KREX News Room
DELTA, Colo. - On Tuesday night the city of Delta discussed whether or not to allow explosives to be stored within city limits.
Delta received a request from a business owner who had a need for storing explosives. The owner requested that the council reconsider its current zoning, which, along with Grand Junction and Montrose, outlaws any explosives within city limits.
The owner would like to keep business in the city, which would also keep revenue there.
The ordinance would add explosives and other non-fuel hazardous materials as a conditional use in the B3 and I zones of Delta.
The discussion even prompted a comment from a resident in attendance, another business owner that would benefit from allowing explosives in city limits.
Greg Turner is in the business of tactical canine training, which requires work with explosives.
"But if we don't have the capability to train them here, I have to contract that out to another company out of state ... and that could [cause a loss of] revenue for the city of Delta as well as profit for me as an owner of a company here," explained Turner, the chief of operations for Leadville Tactical K9.
Turner told the council that both the city and state loses out on about $30,000 a year in his income tax because of the major pay cut he takes by contracting the explosive work out of the area.
After a work session on the issue, the city council held its first reading for the ordinance. Most council members agreed to a second reading except for Robert Jurca, who expressed concern that the ordinance's conditions were not narrow enough.
Delta City Council will next meet on Jan. 1, 2013 to revisit the ordinance.