2/7/2020 10:30:00 AM North Branch Council grants more time to Terry's Disposal
Terry Flor’s Conditional Use Permit remains in effect, but he has until June 30 to bring his business property on Harder Avenue into compliance with clean-up stipulations imposed by North Branch.
The city council decided last week to give Terry’s Disposal a few more months to address the lingering issues the property presents. Flor needs to sign the council-adopted document by February 11.
The city also wants to see a listing of on-site materials or “inventory” acknowledged by Flor to be submitted by the end of February.
The motion by Council member Kelly Neider last week to grant the June 30 compliance deadline passed with Brian Voss opposed.
North Branch held a public hearing January 21 (story Press Jan 30) to review the situation and hear from Flor, attorneys and the public on what to do with the city’s permit. Lawyers for Flor and the city were directed by council to negotiate an agreement and a plan to address the on-site outdoor storage concerns. Action on the permit itself was tabled until this past council meeting January 28.
Mayor Jim Swenson stated last week he is a longtime customer of Terry’s Disposal and he fully supports small traditional, family owned businesses. However, he hopes the realization of the serious nature of this non-compliance issue has sunk-in.
Terry’s Disposal has collected and cleans/sorts recyclable and hard-to-recycle goods, at its main business site on the east edge of North Branch. It utilizes the property as a recycling center and nothing in the permit allows this. Accumulation of what the city and county environmental services deem to be prohibited materials, along with aluminum, cardboard, etc. has generated citations.