Chico Scrap Metal asks to remain open

Jan 6, 2015 8:54 PM

Chico Scrap Metal was supposed to close on December 31st, but they are still open for business. In 2004 the city adopted a plan for future development of the area and decided the busines needed to go, especially after the area was rezoned. The owners extended the deadlines in 2006 and 2011 which came to an end last week.

"We have had a very difficult time looking for a place that can house the volume of recycling that we do and with the materials that we do." says Santy Gray.

Santy Gray says the family company has been at this location since the early 1980's and employs 8 people. She and her family are asking the city to reconsider that decision at Tuesday nights Chico City Council meeting.

"As far as us having time to move we are here legally and we have had extensions and we are very happy for that. We hope we can work with the city council to stay here."

Gray says now they are recycling items over 2,000 lbs at another location in Durham to cut down on noise.

"We close at four o'clock so its quite and we open up a eight so there are some business hours, but most people are at work during the day and we have spoken with a lot of the neighbors that share our fence line and they don't mind us being here."

Chico Community Director Mark Wolfe says they are in violation of municipal code. Since they already entered discussion with the city they are waiting to take action.

"Depending on how things go tonight we will know if we need to go that route or if the council gives us some direction to pursue other alternatives we will do that." says Wolfe.

Gray says they are optimistic they wont have to close their doors.


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