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Shorewood board approves permit for truck shop

SHOREWOOD – During the regular village board meeting Tuesday, village of Shorewood trustees voted to grant a conditional use permit to R&L Ultimate Truck Shop for automotive and truck service and cleaning in the I-2 industrial district located at 301 Earl Road.

All board members voted for the permit, with Trustee Ed Murphy absent. The village planning and zoning commission held a public hearing Jan. 4, when Shorewood residents and the business' owners, along with the commission and village engineer Bryan Welch, discussed the terms of the permit and the property's proximity to a residential neighborhood.

Karen James, community development director, brought the meeting's findings to the board Tuesday for a first read, which was waived, and the permit was approved.

According to a memo written by James to the mayor and board of trustees after the Jan. 4 hearing, Maria Flores, owner of R&L Ultimate Truck Shop and contract purchaser of 301 Earl Road, requested the conditional use permit.

James explained in the memo that the conditional use would allow the business to offer servicing and cleaning to semitrailers that the owners of the business do not own. A site plan amendment would include necessary building modifications to accommodate the increased height of the bay doors on the west elevations.

Other modifications to the exterior, such as an increased asphalt area, an evergreen landscaping buffer and a privacy fence were approved in an amendment in 2009, but the work was not accomplished. James said there has also been an issue with water pooling toward the back of the property and that will be addressed at the owner’s expense.

During Tuesday's meeting, the conditions of the agreement were read and agreed upon with one addition to the original conditions: to add that the company, which also uses refrigerated trucks, cannot have refrigeration units left to run on the property at any time.

The owners and the trustees wanted to make sure that the owners and residents were both satisfied with the outcome of the permit.

The main agreements with Flores and the village are as follows, in addition to the business being compliant with all village ordinances and regulations:

• Vehicles waiting overnight for repair and/or pickup will be parked within the rear fenced area;

• Dropoff and pickup of semitrailers between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. will be prohibited;

• The 2009 site plan, including the privacy fence, will be installed subject to engineering approval;

• A sign will be posted at the rear yard gate indicating headlights must be turned off;

• No refrigeration units can be left running on the site.

In other news, Trustee Dan Anderson said his public works committee has begun to form an ad hoc committee for feral cats, dog ordinances and pest animals. The committee is looking for volunteers from different areas of the village for two to three meetings within the next 90 days.

Within the next two weeks, Black Road between the DuPage River and River Road will experience lane closures to research a line leak. Public Works Supervisor Chris Drey said residents can be informed on specific dates via Nixle.

Drey said ash trees will be removed this winter and early spring in the Vintage and Hunt Club subdivisions and bids will go out for replacement trees. Homeowners who have had a tree removed before Dec. 1, 2016, and those in the Vintage and Hunt Club subdivisions are slated to have new trees planted beginning September 2017.

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