BY BRIAN BESCH
GOODRICH -- In a special meeting on Saturday, the Goodrich City Council passed two ordinances relating to businesses in the city.
The first establishes regulations for the operation of a salvage yard relative to the right of way of a public street, state highway or residence. A penalty of $500 would be paid per each day of violation.
"It provides a law that if a salvage yard comes into the city this is the criteria it must follow," Goodrich Mayor Jeremy Harper said. "The city council is following the will of its constituents. Citizens have made it clear they do not want a salvage yard next to their churches, schools or residential areas. I feel bad for the owners at U.S.A. Recycling. This is something the city should have already had in place. We want his business to grow; it is not a personal thing. The business causes a lot of noise and traffic. I wish we could make accommodations for him, but in this instance, it may be difficult to do that."
A lengthy discussion on two items commanded the most input from citizens at November's regular meeting of the Goodrich City Council.
U.S.A. Recycling owner Huzefa Ali is reportedly near closure on a purchase of property next to several residences and a church in Goodrich. Those who live in the area are concerned that properties next to the site will lose the majority of its value.
An additional worry is that a recycling center in the center of the town would halt growth in the city. U.S.A. Recycling is currently across Highway 59 in Goodrich near the 1988 overpass.
The ordinance includes the distance a salvage yard can be from certain roads, schools and houses, which may hinder the plans of Ali.
A second ordinance passed imposes a temporary moratorium on the opening for business or the submission, acceptance, processing and approval of any application for a permit or license related to the operation of a business in the city limits.
"This keeps new businesses from starting construction within the city limits for 120 days," Harper said. "The moratorium will not go into effect until four days after its first publication in the newspaper. No one will be able to build anything (for business) without the city council's approval.
"It gives the city council time to put together regulations for businesses that want to come into the city. The city is going to grow, so it is something we have to do. Especially with us on Highway 59 corridor."
Harper said there is an "overwhelming majority" that do not wish to have a salvage yard with Goodrich's city limits.