Fans offer help to Weaver after city scolding |

Fans offer help to Weaver after city scolding

You never know who you’re friends are until you’re in trouble.

Matt Weaver, co-owner of Weaver Auto and Truck Center, made some friends Tuesday when news appeared in The Union that the city of Grass Valley was getting after him about storing new vehicles on his new lot.

Though he owns the land, city rules say Weaver cannot occupy the new construction site until he receives an occupancy certificate.

But he didn’t think he’d get into trouble for just storing new inventory there, he said late Tuesday.

“I can’t do business there,” Weaver said. “It’s illegal.”

Weaver had planned to open his new lot, on Idaho-Maryland Road, in February. Hard rock excavation and late rains pushed that date to April and now to early June.

But automobile manufacturers plan way ahead.

“I ordered the cars many months ago in anticipation of an opening date in April,” Weaver said. The vehicles came, but the new lot wasn’t ready.

When news appeared that city officials had warned Weaver to remove the vehicles or else, his telephone started ringing.

“Six people volunteered to store the cars for free,” Weaver said.

With more new vehicles on the way and a few hoops yet to jump through, Weaver may need the help.

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