Board approves special use permit for salvage yard

    Chase County Commissioners approved a special use permit for a proposed salvage yard by Jorge Marquez during the June 13 commissioners’ meeting.
    The permit has been opposed by many members of the county, especially owners of land around the proposed site, northeast of Imperial.
    John Maddux and Jean Brandt were both on hand to oppose the permit.
    In April, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the presenting the permit to the board. On April 25 the commissioners held a public hearing concerning the permit.
    Members of the public attended the meeting listed their reasons to deny the permit. The commissioners tabled a decision until May.
    On May 23, Jacque Riener of Southwest Environmental Engineering addressed requirements for operating a salvage yard. After hearing Riener speak, the commissioners asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to reevaluate Marquez’s application.
    The issue returned to the commissioners June 13. Commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. all approved the special use permit, provided Marquez meets all Federal and State regulations. Marquez will need to have an impact assessment performed and get a salvage dealer license.
    The commissioners felt Marquez has met all the necessary requirements so far and will have to continue to meet the needed conditions.
    Vette added it’s important to keep the Chase County economy from becoming stagnant and he wants to give small businesses a chance.

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