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Recycling yard expansion nixed

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BZA cites non-compliance issuesThe Lebanon Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted unanimously to turn down an expansion request from Trinity Recycling this week.

The recycling yard at 5776 E. Division St. has been in operation since 2012. But City Planner Paul Corder told the board members that the yard has made no attempts to comply with the restrictions placed on it at that time until a few months ago, when the owner David Donelson asked to expand the business.

Trinity Recycling takes landscaping debris and grinds it into mulch, which it then sells.

Neighbor Randy Hall spoke against allowing the company to expand its operations.

"There's a lot that needs to be addressed," he said at the BZA's regular meeting Monday night.

Hall added that the recycler has not built the screening that was required two years ago.

He said that recently, Trinity has piled concrete blocks around the property.

But Corder said the blocks still don't block the neighbors' view of the lot. "Trinity doesn't care," Hall said. "They keep it junky, messy and dirty."

Corder then added that Donelson came into his office in August with a plan. "I told him they needed to screen the lot, but three months later it's still not done," Corder said.

Part of 2012 special use permit
When board member and Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino asked when the company had first been informed about the requirements, Corder said that was in 2012 when Trinity first applied for a special use permit for the property.

Cesternino then said he doesn't think he would be willing to allow the expansion until Trinity complies with the original requirements.

But another neighbor, Mike Strum, who owns a landscaping business, spoke in favor of the project. He said that it's something Lebanon needs.

"They recycle landscaping debris," he said. "They do that and create mulch for a cheap price that I can afford to buy for resale."

But the board agreed with Cesternino and denied the request.

The board also approved a sign height variance for Shawn Smith at 1501 W. Main St. and fence height variances for David and Kelly Black at 354 Gibson Drive, Marilyn Bryant at 130 E. Forrest Ave., and Cornerstone Homes at 118 Springfield Drive.

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