Stanislaus County may approve agreement with Modesto recycler

kcarlson@modbee.comSeptember 8, 2013 

DN recycling issues

An excavator moves recycling materials at Central Valley Recycling as photographed from Bystrum Rd. Central Valley Recycling, 524 S. 9th Street is having issues with neighbors complaining about the noise and dust (3-27-13).

DEBBIE NODA — The Modesto Bee

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— A proposed settlement agreement would allow a south Modesto scrap-metal recycler to keep operating while the business applies for a county land-use permit.

Stanislaus County supervisors will consider approving the agreement Tuesday with Central Valley Recycling and owners of the commercially zoned site at 524 S. Ninth St. Property owners Stanley and Joyce Goblirsch would need to apply for the conditional-use permit within 14 days and pay the required fee.

Over the next six months, the owners and Central Valley Recycling, which leases the property, would have to do what’s necessary to get permit approval, such as completing studies and submitting improvement plans so the business is not a nuisance to neighbors.

If they do not comply, the county would resume action to cease the scrap metal recycling.

On Aug. 20, supervisors suspended a nuisance abatement action when Central Valley agreed to seek the permit to legalize the operation. Residents who live east of the site complain about noise, dust and foul odors created by the car-crushing activity.

County officials refused to renew Central Valley’s business license last year after code enforcement staff verified the complaints. The business continued with the metal recycling despite a county order to cease the operation in April.

As the business applies for the permit, the proposed settlement agreement would limit vehicle crushing to the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business must keep the scrap pile 150 feet from the east fence line and operate heavy machinery near the center of the property.

To dampen the noise, the county will require the owners to place concrete blocks around the scrap pile and modify equipment operations.

A proposed settlement agreement would allow a south Modesto scrap-metal recycler to keep operating while the business applies for a county land-use permit.

Stanislaus County supervisors will consider approving the agreement Tuesday with Central Valley Recycling and owners of the commercially zoned site at 524 S. Ninth St. Property owners Stanley and Joyce Goblirsch would need to apply for the conditional-use permit within 14 days and pay the required fee.

Over the next six months, the owners and Central Valley Recycling, which leases the property, would have to do what's necessary to get permit approval, such as completing studies and submitting improvement plans so the business is not a nuisance to neighbors.

If they do not comply, the county would resume action to cease the scrap metal recycling.

On Aug. 20, supervisors suspended a nuisance abatement action when Central Valley agreed to seek the permit to legalize the operation. Residents who live east of the site complain about noise, dust and foul odors created by the car-crushing activity.

County officials refused to renew Central Valley's business license last year after code enforcement staff verified the complaints. The business continued with the metal recycling despite a county order to cease the operation in April.

As the business applies for the permit, the proposed settlement agreement would limit vehicle crushing to the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business must keep the scrap pile 150 feet from the east fence line and operate heavy machinery near the center of the property.

To dampen the noise, the county will require the owners to place concrete blocks around the scrap pile and modify equipment operations.

In another item Tuesday, county leaders could approve the final budget for 2013-14, which totals $1.04 billion, a 3 percent increase over the preliminary budget approved in June. Officials said the final document accounts for cost savings from previous years and $6 million of increased federal revenue as a result of health care reform.

The budget would add 13 positions for the Community Services Agency to help determine if the uninsured are eligible for the expansion of the Medi-Cal program through the Affordable Care Act.

Along with other hiring, the additional staffing would give the county 3,920 full-time positions, still about 680 fewer positions than in 2007, before the recession triggered severe staff cuts.

The five-member county board will listen to comments from the public before voting on the spending plan.

Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at kcarlson@modbee.com or (209) 578-2321.


AT A GLANCE

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the basement chambers of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., in downtown Modesto. The following items will be considered:

• Approval of the 60 percent-state, 40 percent-county formula for funding health services after the state assumes management of expanding Medi-Cal eligibility through the federal health law. Many residents who are in the county indigent adult health program will switch to Medi-Cal, reducing costs for the county Health Services Agency. The 60-40 split was proposed after complaints the state was going to shift too much funding away from counties, including money used for public health programs.

• Accepting $658,700 in state funds for disease control emergency preparedness.

• A purchase agreement with Big Sky Investments to acquire right of way to widen Claribel Road.

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