Proposed salvage yard opposed by neighbors

    A public hearing for a proposed salvage yard drew concerned neighbors to the April 25 Chase Commissioners meeting.
    Charley Colton represented the Chase County Planning  Commission at the meeting with commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. concerning an application by Jorge Marquez for an auto parts salvage yard on 335 Avenue along Road 741, south of Spring Creek.
    Though John Maddux gave Marquez a positive character reference, Maddux expressed concern with a salvage yard affecting the harmony of a cattle grazing area and a decrease in area land values. Maddux’s concerns were echoed by the other five members of the public in attendance.
    Neighbors also expressed concerns about increased traffic on the road and the safety of the current driveway and oversight of the property after the permit is issued. Another concern was runoff, though Marquez said all fluids would be drained from the vehicles.
    Hogsett said he felt the commissioners should back up the planning commission, which approved the permit. Weiss and Vette wanted more time to think about the issue and it was agreed to act on the matter May 23 at 9 a.m.
    If the application is approved, opponents would have a chance to appeal the permit. Twenty percent or more of the adjacent property owners would need to sign a protest to set the appeal in motion. From there, four-fifths of the commissioners would need to once more approve the permit. Because of Chase County’s three-person board, the vote would have to be unanimous.

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