Ap­peals board grants zon­ing ap­proval for sweat fur­nace

Cecil Whig - - & -

— The Ce­cil County Board of Ap­peals unan­i­mously granted a spe­cial ex­cep­tion and buf­fer re­quire­ment re­lief Tues­day night to Com­plete Re­cy­cling Group for in­stal­la­tion of a sweat fur­nace on the prop­erty of B&H Auto Parts.

The re­quest had al­ready re­ceived rec­om­men­da­tions for ap­proval from both the Ce­cil County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the staff in the county’s plan­ning of­fice with the stip­u­la­tion that the sweat fur­nace operation meets all of the reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments for air qual­ity emis­sions set by the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and Mary­land De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment.

Rick Polan­sky, owner of Com­plete Re­cy­cling Group, will now be­gin meet­ing with MDE of­fi­cials to se­cure their ap­proval for all state re­quire­ments. Polan­sky said last week that he thinks this could be a lengthy process of up to a year.

The re­quest had sup­port from sev­eral com­mer­cial neigh­bors, but also gar­nered op­po­si­tion from a few res­i­den­tial neigh­bors, who feared the operation could emit harm­ful pol­lu­tants in the nearby area.

Polan­sky ex­plained that his fam­ily has been in the auto parts busi­ness since 1955 and has op­er­ated B&H Auto Parts since the early 1990s. The fam­ily en­tered the re­cy­cling busi­ness four years ago.

Com­plete Re­cy­cling Group cur­rently hauls scrap me­tal from B&H to an out-of-county pro­ces­sor to sep­a­rate out alu­minum for re­cy­cling, but this

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A new sign at the en­trance to the North­east Plaza fac­ing Route 272 will be en­larged and re­vamped to ac­com­mo­date all ten­ants in the plaza af­ter the ex­ist­ing one will have to be re­moved for a state project.

pro­ce­dure is costly and time con­sum­ing, they said. That’s why they want to do the pro­cess­ing inside their new 80-by-120-foot build­ing, which is where the sweat fur­nace would be in­stalled, along with a chim­ney stack and an af­ter-burner, a de­vice that uses con­trolled flame com­bus­tion to con­vert air pol­lu­tants to less harm­ful sub­stances.

The sweat fur­nace heats up to 1,600 de­grees to melt away the alu­minum from steel com­ing from scrap me­tal from ve­hi­cles and then it is poured into 1,500-pound molds for re­sale use to man­u­fac­tur­ers of car wheels or soda cans.

“This ma­chine would al­low us to up­grade the scrap ma­te­rial, create 10 to 15 new jobs and keep the busi­ness in Ce­cil County,” Polan­sky said. “The state of Mary­land mon­i­tors this pro- cess daily and it is tested for emis­sions com­pli­ance.”

At­tor­ney Karl Fock­ler, who rep­re­sented Polan­sky at the plan­ning com­mis­sion last week and again at the Board of Ap­peals meet­ing Tues­day, said set­backs and other cri­te­ria for a haz­ardous waste incin­er­a­tor, which burns about 2,200 de­grees, are much more strin­gent, but, “This is not a haz­ardous waste incin­er­a­tor.”

The B&H Auto Parts prop­erty, which is owned by Eric and Charmie Polan­sky, is al­ready zoned heavy in­dus­trial.

“This zon­ing al­lows pro­cess­ing of ma­te­ri­als and re­cy­cling,” Fock­ler said.

In other busi­ness, the Board of Ap­peals ap­proved a 176-square-foot vari­ance for ad­di­tional sig­nage on the North­east Plaza en­trance sign fac­ing Route 272.

The re­quest was submitted by Bar­bara Pol­litt, of Pol­litt Signs, who ex­plained the change was nec­es­sary be­cause Mary­land State High­way pedes­trian im­prove­ments pro­posed for the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 40 and Route 272 will elim­i­nate one of the plaza’s two large signs.

“Since the stores aren’t vis­i­ble from the in­ter­sec­tion and we have more ten­ants in the plaza now, there’s a need to en­large the ex­ist­ing sign near­est Dunkin Donuts,” said John R. Peters, di­rec­tor of re­tail op­er­a­tions for Cordish Com­pa­nies, owner of the plaza. “We’ve had two py­lon signs for the last 30 years and now, we’ll only have one.”

The py­lon sign near­est the in­ter­sec­tion will be re­moved to make room for a new stormwa­ter facility and side­walks, Peters ex­plained to the ap­peals panel Tues­day.

The ex­ist­ing sign will be ren­o­vated to add more spaces for all ten­ants lo­cated in North­east Plaza to be listed, re-ar­rang­ing the store names and up­grad­ing its light­ing to LED.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

B&H Auto Parts re­ceived zon­ing ap­proval from the Ce­cil County Board of Ap­peals this week as it pur­sues an alu­minum sweat fur­nace for re­cy­cling pur­poses.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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