Town crafts cargo container restrictions

Although the Pagosa Springs Town Council did eventually provide some direction to its staff concerning how to proceed with an ordinance to restrict the use of cargo containers within town limits, the discussion was lengthy and the issue was not very clear.

As the councilors were leaving the Town Hall council chambers after last week’s meeting, which lasted nearly three and a half hours, Councilor Clint Alley asked Councilor David Schanzenbaker, “Who would have thought the cargo container discussion would take longer than marijuana?”

Although not quite accurate — the marijuana issue took an hour and 19 minutes while the cargo container issue took exactly one hour — the matter was still surprisingly divisive.

In fact, Town Planner James Dickhoff began by explaining he had not prepared an actual ordinance because he was unsure how to proceed. He didn’t want to invest the time and energy into preparing the proper language of a regulation only to have council reject it, which is exactly what happened in 2012.

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