Wrecking yard remains open
Senior Staff Writer
A wrecking yard at the south end of Grass Valley can remain open another six months, but must address the scenic nuisance it is causing or face closure.
That was the ruling of the Nevada County Planning Commission today for Kilroy’s Auto Dismantling yard at a hearing in which the company’s business use permit could have been revoked.
County staff members said they have been trying for 12 years to get owner Kent Kilroy to keep his salvage vehicles inside a fenced area and to not stack them so high that people can see them from Highway 49 and La Barr Meadows Road.
According to county documents, Kilroy would stay in compliance for a while and then slip back out with wrecked cars all over his 2-1/2 acres. Kilroy said that occurred when his car crusher was broken for four months, so he couldn’t keep up with the daily flow of vehicles to his yard.
Various residents defended Kilroy, including several past and present competitors. They said closing Kilroy down would only increase the problem of derelict vehicles in the county.
City of Grass Valley Planning Director Tom Last suggested Kilroy put a fence around the north end of his property next to the city limits to shield the view of motorists on Highway 49 as they enter town. Kilroy said he might put up a large concrete wall there as part of an overall plan the commission had ordered him to come up with by May 10, 2007.
That’s when the public hearing to revoke Kilroy’s permit reopens with a screening and landscaping plan for the property as its focus.
For the full story, see Friday’s edition of The Union.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4237.
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