Waynesboro Borough Council backs proposed recycling center

August 29, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Borough Council awarded development approval Wednesday to a recycling center planned at 206 Madison Ave.

The council imposed several conditions that must be met by Redemption Recycling before it can open. Those conditions included fencing, an employee assigned to pick up debris in the neighborhood, and no Sunday operations.

The recycling center will be permitted to take appliances smaller than 10 cubic feet and vehicle parts smaller than 10 cubic feet, but not entire vehicles.

The owner, Shon Duty from the Kaimon Group, will be required to install signs on Hamilton and Madison avenues to indicate that stopping and parking are prohibited in lanes of travel.

The council voted 3-1 to approve the recycling center. Voting in favor were Mike Cermak, Wayne Driscoll and Jason Stains. Voting against it was Ben Greenawalt. Craig Newcomer abstained from the vote.

Greenawalt said if he lived in that neighborhood, he would not want a recycling center to open.

Driscoll, who made the motion to approve, acknowledged the plan met some resistance from nearby residents.

“A lot of people are concerned about this,” Driscoll said to Duty. “You’ve said you are going to do a lot for the neighborhood, and I really hope you do.”

Duty has said he wants to open the recycling center for two purposes. It would not only be a stand-alone business, but a testing facility and showcase for the hardware and software he sells for salvage yards.

The 33,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Lumber Yard will serve clients with nonferrous materials like aluminum, brass and copper.

After the vote, Duty said he is excited to start efforts to open the business and change public opinion about the proposal. He said he will wait until after a 30-day appeals period before starting work.

The Waynesboro Zoning Hearing Board did not vote on a setback issue, so Duty’s proposal regarding setbacks was deemed to be approved, according to Sam Wiser, solicitor for the borough council.

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