Rezoning Recommended For Recycling Facility On Dodson Avenue Despite Noise Issue

Monday, January 14, 2013

A majority of the Planning Commission voted Monday afternoon to recommend approval for rezoning for a recycling operation at 2017 and 1951 Dodson Ave.

The final decision will be by the City Council on Feb. 12. The operators will also need to get an outdoor recycling permit from the Planning Commission.

Ron Morrer said the operation has been underway for eight months under a lease, and it was believed the site had the proper M-1 zoning. He said the firm stopped work on recycling autos when inspectors said it was out of zone.

He said approval was later given to resume work until a decision is rendered.

There was no one at the meeting in opposition. Planning Commission member Don Moon said he was surprised at that since the last time the group had a recycling case near Rossville there was an outcry from neighbors.

Mr. Morrer said one woman had complained about noise, but most residents of nearby Curtis Street seemed okay with it.

He said, "It's not a quiet operation by no means, but it's not real loud."

Mr. Moon said an operation with a track hoe run by a diesel engine and with cars being crunched had to be noisy.

Joe Graham, a County Commission member, supported the request, noting there is other M-1 zoning nearby, including a scrap yard that has been there some 40 years.

Mr. Morrer said the new operators "have been cleaning up 15 years of a mess," including old tractors and other equipment.

 



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