Keyes site request returning to table

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A proposed scrap metal storage site on Falk Steel Road opposed by nearby residents and churches will receive a final hearing by the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen in about two weeks.

Robert Keyes, who also owns Keyes Recycling on U.S. 61 North, asked the board to make a final decision on his request for a special exception for the site on Tuesday. However, the board informed him the matter must be advertised before a special exception can be ruled on, and ordered the city clerk to advertise the issue so it can be included on an agenda as soon as possible. Mayor Laurence Leyens said it will likely be two weeks. 

“We need to have it voted on either approved or turned down, so we can move forward,” said Keyes.

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Keyes was originally denied a special exception by the city zoning board on Sept. 2, 2008, to store recyclables on 45 acres of property at 330 Falk Steel Road. He appealed the decision to the mayor and aldermen, who toured the proposed site and then tabled a final decision on Nov. 3 and asked Keyes to provide the city Site Plan Review Committee with more information.

Keyes has since submitted additional plans to the review committee, which has approved the business site plan pending some alterations, including the species of trees Keyes is to use as a visual barrier between the storage area and Falk Steel Road.


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