Controlled cattail burn story on KDNK

February 26, 2015

controlled burn, Silt

Partial view of wetlands in downtown Silt between Kum & Go and Inter-Mountain storage units.

Partial view of wetlands in downtown Silt between Kum & Go and Inter-Mountain storage units.

On Wednesday after the controlled cattail burn in Silt was cancelled, I agreed to an interview with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. Marsh also interviewed Mayor Rick Aluise. So for the first time since the Town of Silt announced the proposed controlled cattail burn you will hear some of the reasons behind it from Mr. Mayor himself.

Click here and click on listen — the audio is about 4 minutes. I’ll wait …

Ok, I’m not going to debate whether the cattail wetlands are “true” wetlands or not. Public officials are fond of complicating the issues in the hope that people will stop paying attention. “True” wetlands or no, it doesn’t matter. The wetlands exist and they are part of our environmental ecosystem.

I will say that Silt already has a mosquito control program in place and there has never been a case of West Nile virus reported in Silt — or Garfield County for that matter. The mosquito/West Nile virus excuse simply doesn’t make any sense.

The point is, nothing Aluise says in the interview justifies deliberately polluting the air and putting public health and safety at risk in western Garfield County.

According to Marsh’s report, “officials will meet again in two weeks to decide whether a burn will occur this spring.”

We will be paying attention …

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4 Comments on “Controlled cattail burn story on KDNK”

  1. whereslora Says:

    Looks like they’re paying attention to you, too. LoL. Thanks for all your efforts.

  2. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Hmm, I doubt that. I just made it public. Plus I made a lot of phone calls on Tuesday and alerted a lot of other agencies as to what was going on here. The town is probably catching heat from elsewhere.

  3. Beth Strudley Says:

    Isn’t Mike Moore behind all of this, as he wants to build a little strip mall on land that he owns right around there? Wasn’t this all shimmied into place when Mike Moore and Aluise were in cahoots? Are they still in cahoots? CAHOOTS? Gesundheit!

  4. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    You’re thinking of Dave Moore who used to be the mayor. At one time he owned land across from the cattail wetlands that he wanted to develop into Autumn Ridge townhouses.

    I don’t know if he owns that property anymore. The recession put the kibosh on his Autumn Ridge plans.

    The town owns the cattail wetlands. Mayor Aluise said “We’ve got to get that drainage cleared out and opened up.” That tells me their master plan is to drain the wetlands and develop the property.

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