Egg Farm Stirs Controversy in Delta County
KREX News Room
DELTA, Colo.- Emotions filled an already packed courtroom Tuesday afternoon as supporters and opponents of the Western Slope Layers egg farm in Hotchkiss presented their case to the Delta County Commissioners.
The farm sits atop Powell Mesa just off of Powell Mesa Road in Hotchkiss. Some neighbors and business owners who reside in the area say their property values have taken a hit since the farm was built.
However, Karen Budd-Fallen, an attorney for the farm owned by Edwin Hostetler, submitted a report to the Delta County Commissioners stating the farm did not lower property value for homes and businesses.
Susan Raymond, a 28-year-neighbor of the Hostetlers, says it's the health and sanitation concerns that have her upset.
"Sinusitis, respiratory issues and runny eyes ... there's just a group of symptoms that go along with breathing dirt and dander and feathers," said Raymond.
Raymond says her anemometer has been collecting data over the summer proving that on most summer afternoons and evening the dust, dander and feather cloud kicked up by the chickens drifts over to her house.
"What is this white stuff flying around? I looked over at the screen and the feathers were actually coming through the screen," said Raymond as she was describing one room in her house that faces the farm.
NewsChannel 5 was able to contact the owner of the farm, Edwin Hostetler, via phone; however, he declined to issue an official statement.
Hostetler, however, did say, "I will do whatever the county commissioners want me to do."
The Delta County Commissioners will be reviewing the evidence and claims brought to them during Tuesday afternoon's meeting and will then make a decision to either shut down the farm, let the farm operate as is or let the farm operate under conditional guidelines.
There is no word at this point as to when that decision will be made and no further hearings have been scheduled.