Our View: Stanislaus County should act if recycler won't clean up

July 15, 2013 

— Stanislaus County has a pro-business reputation, but bad actors test officials' good will when they persistently violate rules. Tonight, county supervisors will decide whether to order Central Valley Recycling to close its scrap metal recycling facility, which has been the subject of numerous nuisance complaints from neighbors over the past year.

The supervisors clearly need to take some action. The question is whether to give the company another month, until the next night meeting Aug. 20, or to issue an immediate order for the company to stop its offensive operations within two weeks.

An attorney hired by the company owners asked for the delay, but the the track record so far suggests a business that doesn't want to follow the rules or to be a neighbor to the nearby residents in south Modesto, who already have to put up with freeway noise and other issues.

Tonight's agenda includes an item that is a sad testament to our times: The former animal shelter on Finch Road, near the Modesto airport, was vandalized so badly in the past year that the county is looking at almost $153,000 in repairs to make it usable by a nonprofit that wants to operate a pet rescue facility there. Insurance will pay most of that cost.

Supervisors meet at 6:30 in Tenth Street Place.

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