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February 22, 2012

Requests for proposed recycling facility in Fabius Township slated for more attention on March 20th

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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There was more activity Tuesday evening (February 21st) regarding a proposed recycling facility in Fabius Township, but no decisions on a site plan and a request for a Special Exception Use Permit for the project.

The Fabius Township Planning Commission conducted its third public hearing session on the subject at the Fabius Township Hall and – as the meeting approached the three-hour mark – voted to schedule another session for Tuesday, March 20th.

Kevin Roberts (left) and Dave Ritzer, owners of Three Rivers Metal Recyclers, LLC, in action Tuesday evening during the latest continuation of a public hearing on plans for a recycling facility on West M-60.

As the 10 o’clock hour approached, planning commission member Nancy Marek said, “In view of the fact that the applicant has not presented the planning commission with an updated site plan as requested and has presented many new documents that need to be reviewed, we need time to digest this new information, so I will make a motion to table the site plan and the special exception use permit until March 20, 2012 with the provision that the applicant submit a new site plan with the requested information no later than March 13th.”  The motion drew support from planning commissioner Jack Melchi and was approved unanimously.

Attorney Dick Reed of Kalamazoo, representing Three Rivers Metal Recyclers, LLC, addressed planning commission Chairman Stan Brueck and said, “To change the site plan, we will indicate those items which we are going to add in an attempt to cooperate.  There is before us no condition which has been approved by a majority vote of the commission.  You’re asking us to submit a site plan to meet conditions like this page that you sent us, that John Lohrstorfer (township attorney) sent us, which really reads like a stream of consciousness mind dump.  It is not in a document that most planning boards would have put forward and certainly not without a vote of the members.”  Reed added, “There are some things that we will do in an attempt to cooperate.  A berm (something suggested by Brueck) is not one of them, but the things that we can correct to help in the spirit of cooperation, we will certainly do it, and we have plenty of time to do it.  It does not take long.”  (Dick Reed audio clip – :58)

Attorney Dick Reed, representing Three Rivers Metal Recyclers, LLC, addressed planning commission Chairman Stan Brueck toward the end of the meeting and discussed what would be done in response to the request for a new site plan.

Reed’s comments were followed by a motion to adjourn that was supported, approved and followed by adjournment at 9:56 p.m.

Previous sessions – each around 3-and-a-half hours in length – were held late last year – on November 21st and December 7th.

The owners of Three Rivers Metal Recyclers, Kevin Roberts and Dave Ritzer, are working to locate a “metal and aggregate recycling facility for scrap and/or a salvage (junk) yard and storage facility for aggregate type materials“ on property at 15016 West M-60, Three Rivers.






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