"Shingle Mountain" Removed Thanks to Public/Private Partnership
Adams County Commissioners were joined by representatives from Colorado Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Fiore and Sons Construction, and Republic Services to celebrate the last load of shingles leaving a property near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Interstate 76. More than 112,000 cubic yards of shingles were illegally dumped on this site leading to a long legal battle between the county and the previous owner of the property. The county's efforts to enforce the code violations at this site date back to January 2015.
"Today you can see the Rocky Mountains instead of Shingle Mountain," said Commissioner Steve O'Dorisio. "We're grateful to our partners at CDPHE and the good corporate citizens at Fiore and Sons and Republic Services for working with us to find a solution to this potential health hazard and eyesore."
Fiore and Sons purchased the lot earlier this year and worked with CDPHE and Republic Services to waive fees associated with the cleanup and proper disposal of the illegally-dumped shingles. "Mike (Fiore) asked if we would partner with him to improve the community and we thought it was a great project," said Steve Derus of Republic Services. "We agreed to waive some fees and accept these 2,500 truck loads at cost. This wasn't about making money, it was about cleaning up the community."
Fiore and Sons believe there is still work to be completed at the site before they begin evaluating the best use for the land moving forward. "Our hope is to eventually build a Class A industrial building on this site," said Mike Fiore.
The site is located at the west end of East 66th Ave. where the road reaches a dead end at the intersection of two interstates.