City Council Decides Fate Of Salvage Yard

In an emotionally charged meeting that lasted into the early morning
hours of the morning, the Grand Junction City Council reverses a previous decision making it possible for the Van Gundy salvage yard to relocate. In a four to three vote the council approves two ordinances. One vacating a right of way in the area of 1018 South 5th Street, the other rezoning more than five acres of land in the lower downtown area from commercial to industrial. The approval allows Dean Van Gundy to move forward with plans to relocate his salvage yard business to a property to the east of where it currently sits. The relocation is necessary because the property was bought by the
city earlier this year to make way for the riverside parkway. A standing room only crowd erupted in applause as council member Doug
Thomason cast the swing vote approving the measure that back in April
he voted against. Council members Bruce Hill, Bonnie Beckstein, Doug Thomason and Jim Doody voted yes on the ordinances. While Greg Palmer, Jim Spehar, and Teresa Coons cast the dissenting votes.