Council member Gary Cowen said Tuesday that he had been contacted by the asphalt plant’s owner.
“I talked with the owner this morning, and he realizes there are serious concerns about the rezoning,” Cowen said. “He would like no action taken at all today to see if he could satisfy some of the conerns people have with the expansion of the plant.”
Jerry Bishop, the owner of the property, did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. At a public hearing during the Nov. 20 council meeting, Bishop said he was requesting the rezoning as a way to insure the plant could be rebuilt if it were destroyed.
“If something happens to our business, we can’t build back,” Bishop said during the public hearing. “If a tornado comes through or the building burns down, I can’t build back. All I am asking is that you take care of my business and keep these jobs in Jasper.”
Bishop also said there were plans to expand the asphalt plant and hauling service, which is located on the 21 acres of property on Industrial Parkway.
Beth Robinson owns property across Industrial Parkway from the asphalt plant. She was at Tuesday’s meeting to voice concerns over the possible expansion.
“I feel like if it is rezoned or expanded and when it is in operation that it is an eyesore to that area,” she said. “I think it would make the property a lot less valuable.”
Cowen said the council must take action on the issue by its Jan. 15 meeting or the rezoning request is automatically denied.
“If the council takes no action by our last meeting in January, he can ask again in a year, but that is the way it is,” Cowen said.
No action was taken Tuesday on the issue.
In action from Tuesday’s meeting, the council:
•Granted city employees an additional holiday on Monday, Dec. 31.
•Changed the date of its regular council meeting on Jan. 1 to Jan. 8.
•Appointed Chris Alexander in District 4 and Ken Holiday in District 5 to the Jasper Parks and Recreation Board.
•Approved a parade permit for Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Day activities.
•Renewed contracts for tree service with Newman Tree Service and portable restrooms with AAA Solutions.
•Declared several items as unneeded surplus and authorized their disposal by using either a city run auction, GovDeals online auction service or sale of the items as scrap metal.
•Introduced an ordinance to rezone a .9-acre parcel of land located at 1721 East Ridgewood Road from Neighborhood Business Conditional Zoning to Community Service Conditional Zoning for the purpose of operating a maintenance service.
•Adopted an ordinance declaring a strip of real property at Third Avenue and Wright Street as unneeded.