San Juan County resident and Grand County property owner Kiley Miller made a plea at the Tuesday, June 5 meeting of the Grand County Council for more management of Mill Creek.
“You’ve received many emails from me regarding tourism and the situation with Mill Creek and Powerhouse Lane. I hear new signs will be installed, which will hopefully help with illegal parking but will just increase the impacts on the Powerhouse neighborhood,” Miller said.
She said access to Mill Creek needs to be moved to Potato Salad Hill. She suggested that Sand Flats managers take over fee collection so that Mill Creek can be managed and regulated, with TRT funds allocated for infrastructure needs.
“Limit the cars allowed in to no more than 50. No buses, RVs, or trucks or trailers. It makes no sense to allow continued access up Powerhouse Lane, which is a dead-end road,” Miller said. “Unfettered tourism is tearing this community apart. We need to use those TRT advertising dollars to educate visitors. They need to be taught to respect the area and the residents who live here. What use are rules and regulations if the public isn’t aware of them?”
Miller said that over Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of cars and thousands of people visited Mill Creek via Powerhouse Lane. She found six strangers seeking shade on her porch and an unknown car parked in her driveway.
“We as a community need to take drastic and radical measures to protect ourselves and the public lands surrounding us. Please let’s not kick any more cans down the road. Mill Creek Canyon deserves better. This community deserves better and so do the public lands that we love so much,” Miller said.