Seligman city council okays recycling center

Thursday, March 22, 2007

On March 12, the Seligman City Council voted to issue a special use permit to Alfred C. Dutra, Jr., who intends to construct a recycling operation on the west side of Seligman near the railroad tracks.

On March 5, the Seligman City Council held a public hearing to discuss the special use permit request for Dutra's proposed solid waste drop-off and recycling center.

The recycling center will accept a variety of recyclable products, including paper, plastic, metal, glass and automobile tires. The facility will not accept commercial hazardous waste.

Dutra plans to use a railroad sidecar operation to ship some of the recyclable products. Trucks will be used to ship other materials.

The proposed recycling center and solid waste drop-off site will be equipped with a spray system that will deodorize the facility and regulate pests. The operation will meet all federal, state and local city requirements.

The Seligman Planning and Zoning Committee wrote a comprehensive ordinance that the members hope will regulate the facility.

According to the ordinance, there will be only one special use permit issued for recycling operations inside the city limits at a time.

In addition, the recycling operations cannot be outside, and facility plans must be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. An eight-foot privacy fence must be maintained around the site, and any damage to city streets directly related to recycling operations will be the responsibility of the recycling center's owner.

The ordinance also stipulates that the recycling center will be: locked when not in operation; permitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and subject to annual inspections by the Seligman city code enforcement officer.

The recycling operation's special use permit will be reviewed every five years by the Planning and Zoning Commission. If there are no negative issues or uncorrected violations, the special use permit will be renewed.

Dutra plans to begin construction on the recycling center within the next two to three months, said Dr. Lyle Boyles, who attended the meeting as Dutra's representative. Once completed, the facility will provide between 12 and 14 jobs.

In addition to approving the special use permit, the aldermen voted to sell Dutra a parcel of city property located adjacent to the recycling operation site for $8,500. Dutra will be responsible for all costs associated with the land transaction.

In other business, the Seligman City Council

• Voted to hire Ronald Martin as a part-time police officer at a pay rate of $8.75 per hour.

• Heard that the chili supper fundraiser, which was held on March 9, raised $1,164 for the skateboard park. A concrete slab has been poured for the skate park, and the equipment will be delivered on April 4.

• Heard that the city library is looking for volunteers interested in serving at the facility during daytime hours.

• Voted to discontinue the police department ride-along program due to liability concerns.

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