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Town moves to deal with truck parking problem

Staff Writer

Zach Richardson, the Pagosa Springs building official, played an instrumental role in the town’s recent fight to stop tanker truck drivers from using the Aspen Village subdivision as their personal parking lot.

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This story was posted on January 10, 2013.
  • April Clark

    As a co-owner in the trucking business, I find it absolutely astonishing that no where in this town can truckers with tanks park their vehicles. With this being a highly traveled route for gas companies to haul through to not only deliver but to get over the mountain to service other communities; it is essential that these truckers along with other truckers be able to park their trucks. If Wolf Creek Pass closes due to weather where are these drivers to park? On the side of the roads? This town is in lack of proper parking avaliablities and as far as the aspen village is concerned well let me tell you how disgusted I am in the complaining that they have done to these poor guys who not only park here but live here!!! These people have went out of their way to dig up any little arcaic codes to boot them from parking in what I would deem a safe and legal parking place. These truckers did not bother any of these businessess! As a matter of fact they actually drew attention to the church and gave business to several local businessess there! I am so aggrevated with the response given by local authorities and town officials making my home town nearly impossible for my husband to come home!!!! Next time you all need propane or butane and you fill your bottles remember who brought you that! Remember that these drivers along with every trucker out there work in some of the worst weather and spend more than 80% of their time away from home to bring you gas, groceries, clothing, and pretty much everything you can think of! As far as I am concerned if the sun can publish articles like this why don’t they interview these drivers, and find out what it is old Zach and the building department has truly done to them, basically kicking them out of town and harrassed them with not only getting our local police involved but filing a unnecessary report with a second agencie and then tried to get them fired from their places of employment and that folks is a FACT!!!!

  • April Clark

    Oh and since when did this become a fight between the town and the truckers? This started out as a complaint filed with the Police Department from someone with too much time on their hands that the only thing better they had to do was to complain! If Zach Richardson takes this as a personal fight then maybe that’s what the truckers ought to do fight back and file harrassment charges. When was the last time any of you have seen these truckers parked there or any where else for that matter?

  • April Clark

    It only took them this long to make them move from this parking place because it took zach and the building department this long to dig up an old fire code that had dust on the pages. This was after the original complaint filed with the Police Department didn’t go anywhere for very long because it was within the CRS (Colorado Revised Statues) that they were legally parked. Wow Zach did a wonderful job dusting pages of old codes to find a way to make these guys (who travel hundreds of miles with gas in tow) lives that much more complicated! A round of applause for Zach, and his endless effort to help out his good old friends at the aspen village!