Stuff issues, concerns to be revisited

Published 10:18 am Friday, December 28, 2018

The Winchester-Clark County Board of Adjustments is scheduled to revisit its decision about Stuff Recycling during its first meeting of the new year.

According to the posted agenda for the Jan. 3, 2019, meeting, the board is scheduled to “review” its final action from the Oct. 4 meeting, when the board determined the business had expanded its operation and violated the terms of a 2012 decision.

During the Oct. 4 meeting, the board members announced their decision after deliberating in closed session.

In the minutes, they cited the 2012 meeting where the business was told to keep its recycling operations behind the front of the buildings.

The current board determined storing recyclable materials in containers or on the ground was an accessory to recycling and was prohibited.

About a month later, Clintonville Road resident Tresa Bridges filed an open meetings violation complaint about the Oct. 4 meeting saying the decision should be vacated since it was not made publicly, the board did not vote to enter a cosed session and did not state the specific reason for the closed session.

In her complaint, Bridges wants the board to admit its closed session was improper, to vacate the motion and schedule the matter for another meeting within 60 days.

Planning Director Rob Jeffries was not in his office Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

Stuff Recycling, 6169 Lexington Road, has been a major topic of discussion since a fire broke out at the business in June and burned for three days.

A couple months after the fire, Stuff owner Jerry Joiner pursued purchasing property off Clintonville Road for additional space for the business, which sparked the ire of a group of residents. Joiner later dropped the zone change request.

The residents also claimed the business had expanded in scope and area, violating the 2012 ruling by the Board of Adjustments that recycling activities remain behind the fronts of the buildings facing Lexington Road.

As part of that decision, the property was grandfathered in with the previous B-4 zone.

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