Former Carter Lumber facility to get new life

Last updated: April 09. 2014 1:48PM - 464 Views
By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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Last week, Preble County Commissioners heard a zoning case which will bring new business to the now-vacant former Carter Lumber facility in Eaton.

Greg O’Connor spoke on behalf of the industrial rental property, south of Eaton, owned by Carter Jones. The property is currently classified as Agricultural Business, and requested to become a Limited Industrial District.

MSD Environmental, the lessee of the property, is a water filtration company which would be utilizing the property’s open storage facilities. With the classification of Limited Industrial, MSD Environmental will produce no pollution including, smoke, sound, dust, etc. MSD Environmental retrofits and customizes water filtration equipment.

“In November 2013 Carter Jones and MSD signed a purchase contract for this property that contained a number of contingencies, this being one of those contingencies, that is the last contingency, to be resolved. So we would be able to close following the 30-day wait period, assuming we are approved today,” said O’Connor.

The property will see roughly three trucks a day carrying in equipment. The business will operate 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“I’m just excited that this property is going to be used,” said Commissioner Denise Robertson. “So this is all good.”

Commissioner David Wesler agreed, noting, “After Carter went out, I shuddered to think that it was going to be vacant for a long time … What I read in the previous minutes, and what you’ve said here today, sort of alleviated any environmental concerns the close-by neighbors may have.”

“We want to be a good neighbor, so if there are issues, we’re certainly not opposed to screening or anything like that,” said Dave Deaton, president of MSD Environmental.

Commissioners approved the case.

In another zoning case, Steve Pope spoke in regard to his clients, Donald and Judith Burgess’s residential home on Simpson Rd. The property owners have lived in their current home since 2000, and have been cultivating their attached land.

“Now they’ve been approached by the individual who currently farms their farm and he would like to buy all their cultivated land,” said Pope. “They do not want to move, they do not want to sell their existing house, they would like to stay here. They have horses … he has a garden, and they just like living out in the country as they have for many, many years. A property owner, I believe it’s a local property owner, or abutting property owner, would like to buy all of this land. They’d like to separate off their existing house onto a three-acre parcel that will be re-classified to Special Use Prevision.”

Commissioners approved the case.

During their Monday March 31, meeting, Preble County Commissioners also met with Chet Scheuller, Director of Land Use Management, in executive session regarding the possible employment of a Land Use Management Position. No decision was made during the interview.

Commissioners approved the hiring of Kevin Bobby as a Social Service Worker for the Preble County Job and Family Services.

Commissioners also approved a resolution supporting State Issue 1, the renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program.

On Wednesday, April 2, commissioners proclaimed April 6-12 National Crime Victim’s Rights Week in Preble County. The organization held a Victim Witness’ 5k Sunday, April 6, at the Preble County Court House, as well as a candle light ceremony Tuesday, April 8.

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