You wouldn't think that the city of East Liverpool would be in the position to drive away businesses. But City Council's decision to deny a zoning change requested by Six Recycling for its East End location may result in that business leaving.
"This definitely doesn't encourage us to keep our business in East Liverpool," owner Ray Six said. "We're not going to stop growing our business to keep it in East Liverpool."
"Council has sent a message to us," Six said. "They don't want a growing business such as ours."
Six Recycling had petitioned the city Planning Commission for a zoning classification change from "R-3" high residential status to "M-3" general industrial.
There are nine lots near the current Six Recycling operation that were under consideration for the zoning change. Six owns the lots and was looking to expand the business.
According to neighbors of the business, Six has not fulfilled promises made at other zoning request hearings. Neighbors complained of trash blowing into their yards and of smells, and they cited the need for a fence to surround the business and block its view.
The Planning Commission had recommended the zoning change, and last month, City Council's planning and expansion committee had voted to approve the request provided Six modified the company's fence.
In this economy, growing businesses are a precious commodity and every town needs to preserve the businesses they have, while trying to get new ones. It's crazy to run off current establishments.
Businesses, however, need to be good neighbors, especially when their property abuts residential neighborhoods.
Perhaps Six should go back to the drawing board and improve the fence around his business and then request the zoning change again.
Then City Council should be willing to accommodate him.