(ATLANTIC) A Public Hearing was held at the Cass County Board of Supervisors meeting this morning concerning a zoning change request. The request was to have 4 ½ acres in the southwest corner of section 33 of Pymosa Township rezoned from General Ag to Light industrial for a tire repair and car service area. The property is located off of Olive Street across from the Little League diamonds.
Paul Lundquist, a concerned citizen, told the Board of Supervisors that he thinks this is a great business that serves a great need, but he’s concerned about the location and possible contamination to Atlantic’s main water source.
“This gentleman could be the best businessman in the world, he could be the most careful business in the world, but that doesn’t stop unforeseen accidents or acts of nature that could put hundreds of gallons of oil, radiator fluid and other pollutants into the ground, “said Lundquist. “We only have this one opportunity to get it right for the next 50, 60, 70 years that this business may be operating.”
Rich Hansen, Zoning Administrator, said there are already some light industrial businesses in the area and the ground drainage has already been looked into and it’s not an issue.
“This property is south or west of the wells and the wells are east and south of there. The normal drainage would probably be more towards the southwest and the ground drainage would go away from the wells instead of southeast towards the wells,” said Hansen.
As far as concerns as to how the oil will be stored and keeping the property clean, the owners of the property have stated that the oil will be stored inside the building, tires will be disposed of and there will be no junk stored around the property.
Following the public hearing, the Cass County Board of Supervisors ultimately concurred with the Cass County Zoning Commission’s recommendation to approve the zoning change.