April 16–Weld County commissioners on Monday voted to schedule a show cause hearing for a Fort Lupton-area trucking company, citing the company’s apparent violations of standards company officials agreed to when commissioners first approved the operation in February.
A show cause hearing involves evidence and testimony, and in this case could lead to the Shepherd Enterprises trucking operation being shut down by commissioners. This one is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 25, giving the company more than three months to make progress before coming before commissioners again.
Often, though, the Board of Weld County Commissioners will work with companies or individuals who have run afoul of neighbors and allow more time for the company to correct problems.
In Shepherd Enterprises’ case, commissioners approved a use by special review permit based on several conditions:
— Hours of operation would be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday
— Noise should be limited to residential noise standards
— The company had to create a plan for dealing with dust and a landscaping plan, and get both of those plans approved by Weld County staff.
Based on video and photographic evidence, commissioners determined there was probable cause to believe the trucking company was operating outside of agreed-upon hours. Further, Daniel Shepherd on Monday said he hadn’t created a plan to deal with dust and hadn’t yet started on the promised landscaping.
Shepherd’s neighbors, in unincorporated Wattenberg, south of Fort Lupton and west of U.S. 85, say the violations and noise have been nearly constant, with neighbors submitting more than 200 videos to Weld County.
For his part, Shepherd said he thinks he’s doing a good job being a good neighbor. He blamed some of the noise on a nearby hydraulic fracturing operation and promised to get started on landscaping within 60-90 days.
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