Emer­gency re­sponse cen­ter OK’d

Co­op­er­a­tive’s pro­posal sub­ject of pub­lic hearing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TOM SISSOM

BENTONVILLE — A new emer­gency re­sponse sta­tion near Low­ell will im­prove ser­vice to Car­roll Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive cus­tomers dur­ing in­clement weather.

Ben­ton County’s Plan­ning Board re­viewed the co­op­er­a­tive’s pro­posal at the Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee por­tion of its meet­ing Wed­nes­day. The project will be the sub­ject of a pub­lic hearing be­fore the board Sept. 16.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the county, the util­ity plans to build an 18,500-square-foot build­ing with some out­door stor­age on the prop­erty at 700 Arkansas 265. The fa­cil­ity will have two or three em­ploy­ees on staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but will not ac­cept util­ity pay­ments.

The emer­gency re­sponse cen­ter will have ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, in­door truck stor­age and out­door stor­age ar­eas for power poles and other elec­tri­cal ser­vice sup­plies. The cen­ter is meant to pro­vide quicker emer­gency re­sponse to Car­roll Elec­tric cus­tomers.

Also Wed­nes­day, the board re­jected a plan for a truck­ing com­pany/re­pair fa­cil­ity at 5475 Colvin Place near Low­ell. The oper­a­tion was brought to the at­ten­tion of the county af­ter sev­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal com­plaints were filed. It was found the business re­quired Plan­ning Board re­view and a “stop work” or­der was is­sued.

The board voted unan­i­mously to deny the re­quest af­ter a lengthy pub­lic hearing at which sev­eral neigh­bors

The fa­cil­ity will have two or three em­ploy­ees on staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but will not ac­cept util­ity pay­ments.

com­plained about heavy truck traf­fic, noise from the trucks and the re­pair work, dust and trash blow­ing from the site and con­cerns about pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion of wa­ter wells.

The board also noted the scope of the business was larger than just a re­pair shop.

“If you’re dis­patch­ing trucks to and from other lo­ca­tions that’s not part of fleet main­te­nance,” board mem­ber Rick Wil­liams said.

Wil­liams made a mo­tion to deny, which board mem­ber Ash­ley Tucker sec­onded. Tucker also noted the na­ture of the business ex­ceeded the plan as pre­sented.

“This has be­come a larger project,” Tucker said. “The hours are longer. The in­ten­sity is greater and the ac­tiv­i­ties are greater. This is a truck­ing firm that’s also of­fer­ing de­mo­li­tion ser­vices and ex­ca­va­tion ser­vices. What the heck are we do­ing here?”

Win­ston May, rep­re­sent­ing WC and As­so­ciates, the truck­ing com­pany, em­pha­sized the haul­ing, de­mo­li­tion and ex­ca­va­tion work done by the com­pany was done at other lo­ca­tions. The dump

trucks and other equip­ment is sent to those work sites and brought back to the Colvin Place lo­ca­tion at the end of the work day.

“We pro­vide dump truck ser­vices, ex­ca­va­tion ser­vices and de­mo­li­tion ser­vices to a myr­iad of com­pa­nies around the area,” he said.

Kevin Gam­brill, plan­ning direc­tor, told the board if the pro­posal were de­nied, the prop­erty could be used for res­i­den­tial or agri­cul­tural uses but not the com­mer­cial oper­a­tion.

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