orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

December 4, 2013

Commissioners Court denies exceptions for recycling company

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — No exceptions.

Orange County Commissioners Court voted against granting exceptions to a recycling company at the Monday afternoon meeting.

The request was originally heard on November 25 but the court requested the agenda item to be tabled while commissioners researched the request further.

Commissioner Pct. 3 John Banken said he met with the owners and County Engineer Clark Slacum to discuss several concerns he personally had concerning the company.

Banken initially made a motion to allow the company to move forward with granting an exception for the screening and licensing requirements.

The order for establishing rules for junkyards, automotive wrecking and salvage yards was adopted by the court May 5, 2008.

Commissioner Pct. 4 Jody Crump said he has concerned for the automobiles which may be stored there.

“I have an issue with the autos that will be store there,” Crump said. “What is this going to do to the land values?’

Commissioner Pct. 2 Owen Burton also said he was concerned with the property values.

“I want to know about the environmental impact,” Burton said. “I don’t think it will help property values, it will hinder them.”

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said that matter is not completely disapproved.

“This just means they will have to apply for the license,” Thibodeaux said. “Then we will schedule a public hearing and see where it takes us.”

Citizens from the McLewis addition, located near the proposed site, said they were against the location of the recycling company which is near the Appraisal District, 9157 Interstate 10, Orange.