GYPSUM, Colorado - Last week, the Gypsum Town Council passed the first reading of ordinances to annex the 45-acre property east of town that is owned by Oldcastle SW Group/B&B Excavating.B&B has owned and operated at the site in unincorporated Eagle County since 1986. B&B was purchased by Oldcastle in 1999. The company currently trucks material to its other site in Edwards to make concrete. The company wants to consolidate its operations at the property between Eagle and Gypsum. To do that, it will need potable water, and the nearest waterline belongs to the town of Gypsum. Jason Burkey and other company representatives asked the town if it would be possible to get its water last May."We approached the Town Council about buying water, and they said it would be best for us to annex if we were going to use Gypsum water," said Burkey, who is the environmental resource manager for Oldcastle.Burkey emphasized that the company is not adding any kind of use to the property. He said B&B currently imports crushed and washed sand and gravel to make asphalt at the Eagle/Gypsum site. Asphalt and concrete are also recycled there."If we don't have to send material to Edwards to make concrete, that will save a lot of driving and reduce our carbon footprint," he said.B&B is getting water out of the deal, and the town of Gypsum is apparently getting a willing partner to help with the ECO Trail and river access at the property. "We would commit to easement and some kind of path/river access as part of the annex agreement," Burkey told the council.The one issue Burkey had with the ordinance at first reading was a condition on the hours of business operation."There would be a couple projects a year where we need to operate at night," he said.Council member Tom Edwards said they can address that for the ordinance's second reading. Burkey also outlined plans that are already under way to plant trees and make berms for visual and sound buffers.A 1.5-acre parcel adjacent to the Oldcastle property is likely to be annexed some time in the near future, as well. That parcel, which is leased by Ferrellgas, sits between the B&B site and the Gypsum waterline. The property owner, Dennis Carey, approached the Gypsum Town Council in January to see if annexing was agreeable to everyone."It seems like it might be beneficial to B&B, you and the town," Mayor Steve Carver said.Carey and his lawyer, Steve Beattie, said they would start the process.The annexation process for B&B is scheduled to finish in March.
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