By Joe Barker

Missourian Staff Writer

A conditional use permit for Available Asphalt and Contracting, LLC, was approved Tuesday night at the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Owner Kent Fults requested the permit at the December meeting after discovering he had been operating his business, located at 133 Green River Trail, about 1,800 feet south of Bend Road near Pacific, for several months without one.

The commission sent his request to the review committee and, after they returned a 3-0 vote in favor of the CUP, the commission unanimously granted Fults’ request.

One of the reasons the request was sent to the review committee was to ensure the property complied with the permit restrictions.

During an initial site visit, the 5.12-acre property was deemed to have excessive trash and the commission said things needed to be cleaned up before a permit could be granted.

On Tuesday night Scottie Eagen, planning director, said a recent visit to the site showed that all trash had been removed.

“It looks really good,” she said. “It’s all cleaned up. There is no violation any more for the junk.”

With the trash issue cleared up, Fults has already fulfilled one condition of the permit. He has one year to comply with the other conditions.

One condition that shouldn’t be a problem is that Fults is not allowed to store fuel on the property. At the December meeting, Fults said he has no plans to have onsite fuel because of a bad experience with it.

Fults said at a previous location, he had onsite fueling and, somehow, the numbers never matched up and he had a lot of fuel unaccounted for. Now, he said, his employees fill up off site and the new system works much better.

Another condition is that items stored outside should be behind a site-proof fence, something Fults already had in the plans. He told the commission in December he plans to build a berm on two of the sides and a fence around the property.

The additions would sproperty from intruders, he said, and keep the business out of sight to his neighbors.

“We want to make it so my neighbors don’t have to look at my stuff when they’re outside,” he said.

Fults also planned to limit outside storage anyway by constructing a 30- by-60-foot storage building. Once built, the unit would significantly reduce the number of items being stored outside.