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Planners accept recycling center application

October 8, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The city planning and zoning commission formally accepted an application seeking conditional use approval for a proposed indoor scrap metal recycling center on University Boulevard.

A Nov. 4 hearing was set for the application filed by Barbara Scugoza.

According to her husband, Joe Scugoza, who spoke to the planning commission, the proposed recycling center will be located in a 12,000-square-foot warehouse that once housed the Cameron Coca-Cola facility on University Boulevard.

"We are not looking to store scrap outside. We won't be accepting cars, just cans, steel, tin, aluminum, copper and brass material. We will be serving people who may want to clean up their property or have metal left from remodeling projects. We may expand into electronic recycling in the future," explained Joe Scugoza.

"People will be able to pull into the building and off load their materials. We will weigh it and store the material in bins in the warehouse. We may also look at putting a can baler in the facility in the future. We will be appealing to the public who may want to get a little money for their materials. These are people who may not want to go to a scrap yard," continued Joe Scugoza.

Scugoza said he also has been talking with the JB Green Team, "to help them with some of their recycling. But we don't want to compete with the JB Green Team. We won't be putting recycling bins in the community," he added.

Scugoza said he anticipates employing four to five people in the facility.

In other business during the hour-long meeting Monday night, Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi asked the planning commission members to review several draft documents, including a proposed vacant property registration ordinance, a building code language update and an update list of notices under the property maintenance code enforcement program.

"We are seeing communities across the state and the country adopt vacant property registration ordinances to identify vacant properties and to determine who is responsible for those properties. We want to speed the rehabilitation of vacant properties by shifting the cost burden from the general public to the owners of the dilapidated buildings," explained Petrossi.

Petrossi also is proposing updating the city's building code to require a $10,000 bond for contractors performing building demolition work.

The current bond is $4,000.

The proposal also calls for demolition to only take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday unless an alternative schedule is approved in advance by the building inspector.

Petrossi also said the list of properties to be demolished, "is fairly under control at this point."

"The demolition list has been much larger in the past but dwindling Community Development Block Grant funds that we use for our demolitions are making our task harder. It is difficult to set a goal because it always depends on the CDBG funds every year," noted Petrossi.

He also told the commission members his office has sent more than 800 maintenance violations to city property owners so far this year.

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