The Washington City Council is slated to review a special use permit request to operate a recycling and salvage yard on West Main Street at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.
The city’s planning and zoning commission voted to recommend the council reject the request by Jeff Gardner, the owner of Franklin County Recycling and Salvage, LLC, who is looking to relocate his business to a former Sporlan Valve plant. The property previously has been vacant for a number of years.
According to city staff it is zoned M-2 heavy industrial but given the nature of the proposed use and the requirement for outdoor storage of equipment and materials, a special use permit is required to obtain occupancy for the intended use.
Several residents and property owners to the east of the building expressed concerns about the impact of a recycling and salvage yard on property values.
The planning commission voted 5-3 against the request.
Gardner said he plans for all of the operations to be conducted inside the building. The facility where he is operating now at 6365 Bluff Road is about 12,000 square feet and the Sporlan building is approximately 100,000 square feet.
The council also is poised to amend the city’s development plan to sell a 41.2-acre tract in the Elmer C. Heidmann Industrial Park to Melton Machine & Control Company.
Plans call for the purchase of the tract for $618,000 which is part of a major expansion project for Melton. Doubling the size of the industry is phase one of the project, which is in the company’s 10-year plan.
Also on the agenda is an ordinance for a contract with HDR Engineering Inc. for design services for a 2018 Americans With Disabilities Act transition plan.
The council will review the purchase of a Pierce saber heavy duty custom rescue unit for the Washington Fire Company as well.