Silverthorne Sav-o-Mat contamination confined |

Silverthorne Sav-o-Mat contamination confined

Benzene contamination from potential tank seepage at the Sav-o-Mat gas station in Silverthorne has not reached the Blue River, nor has it contaminated nearby town wells, Silverthorne officials have determined.

At the Silverthorne Town Council meeting Wednesday, staff informed council members monitoring wells recently installed on the east side of the Blue River Parkway showed no contamination.

Remediation is required by the state for the site’s contamination, which has proven difficult because the property owner has not submitted a site plan for town approval. The remediation equipment includes an above-ground shelter, which requires a building permit and subsequently, a site plan. Because the property does not currently align with town code, the site plan must address ways it will be brought into compliance.

Despite the on-site delay, remediation has been underway on town property adjacent to Sav-o-Mat. Council members granted access to the remediation engineers in November so they could proceed.

Sav-o-Mat owner Buzz Calkins was present at Wednesday’s meeting, where he outlined three items to be discussed with town council members: maintaining a sign that varies from town code, continued use of town property for access to his gas station and maintaining another entrance drive despite its non-conformance with town code.

However, Calkins has not submitted a formal site plan for proposed upgrades to bring the property into compliance with town code.

“The general sentiment from council was that while some of the items the property owner is requesting comments on might possibly be open for discussion, in the absence of a complete site plan, that discussion simply can’t move forward,” Silverthorne spokesman Ryan Hyland said.

In the meeting, council members said the site plan should particularly address specific drainage intentions, as all new development in Silverthorne is required to do.

Council members noted the importance of a quality design for the remodel as well, “given the property’s prominent location in the town core design district,” Hyland said.

“The town hopes to see a site plan from them soon so the site can be brought up to code to avoid future contamination,” Hyland added.

No council decisions were made at the meeting, as the discussion was held in a work session.

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