Officials want to close makeshift used car lot at Farmer’s Korner
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Complaints regarding the unofficial used car lot and occasional bonsai tree stand between Highway 9 and Dillon Reservoir at Farmer’s Korner have local officials examining enforcement.
Some people use the scenic area to stop and take photos, and anglers sometimes park there to get access to the reservoir. Anybody can post a “for sale” sign on his or her vehicle, so authorities can’t just tow away cars or trucks people have apparently parked to sell.
“It does create an enforcement issue,” Summit County undersheriff Derek Woodman said at Tuesday’s county commissioner work session.
The bonsai stand, however, may have already made its final sale in the area.
“It’s detracting from small business owners around town because (it’s) doing business differently,” county manager Gary Martinez said.
County attorney Jeff Huntley said the bonsai stand has no business license and is not permitted to operate on the side of the road. He said staff has told the stand’s operators to stop, and said perhaps it’s time to start issuing tickets.
Regarding the vehicles for sale, Woodman said overnight parking at the area is illegal.
“We’re pretty diligent about overnight parking,” he said. “Several people have received tickets.”
He said the sheriff’s office a few years ago asked the Colorado Department of Transportation (which owns the right-of-way) to post “No overnight parking” signs. But no such signs have since been posted.
There are also safety concerns in the area, with motorists traveling 50 mph on the two-lane highway frequently getting distracted by reservoir activities. It was suggested at the work session that his could be applied through some new traffic codes to shut down the area to parking.
Huntley said perhaps part of the area could be blocked to allow limited parking for the photographers, anglers and others not looking to park a vehicle for sale.
Tuesday’s discussion also included concerns about the trailers loaded with all-terrain vehicles and equipment.
“If we start seeing television sets on trailers, we really do make a distinction,” Martinez said.
Meanwhile, there’s not much local authorities can do to prevent people from parking their vehicles for sale at the spot passed by thousands of people every day – so long as they don’t leave them there overnight.
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