By Elizabeth Barmeier

St. Clair Missourian Editor

An update on the progress of Poor Boyz Recycling was presented at the Tuesday, Sept. 4, board of aldermen meeting.

In June, it was mentioned that Poor Boyz Recycling was not in compliance with a stipulation in its conditional use permit banning outside storage, scrap metal and material on the west lot of the business.

In 2013, a conditional use permit was approved by the board. The permit allows land owners, Jerry and Virginia Landing, to operate an outdoor scrap metal and recycling center on property located in the Pipkin subdivision. The address is 685 W. Gravois Ave.

The permit states that business materials are not allowed to be stored on the west lot of the primary business. An extension was given to Poor Boyz Recycling to comply with its conditional use permit at the July 2 meeting.

A hearing was set for Tuesday, but it was postponed, according to City Administrator Travis Dierker.

Mayor Ron Blum told co-owner of Poor Boyz, Kenneth Ochsenbine, that he had driven by the recycling business and saw the progress so far.

“That’s what we like to see,” Blum said. “We don’t want to hinder or not promote businesses in St. Clair and you’re doing an outstanding job.”

Ochsenbine said he has been working 80 hours a week to get the business back in compliance.

“You’ve made substantial progress,” Blum said.

A hearing is now set for Nov. 5 unless the business if fully in compliance with its conditional use permit, according to Blum.

Poor Boyz is currently closed until the business is back in compliance, according to Dierker.