Butler County Commission decision to revoke IPS' conditional use permit not made lightly
“It’s a shame it’s come to this,” reflected County Commissioner Mike Wheeler as he shared the prevailing sentiment from Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.
The decision to revoke integrated Plastics Solutions’ (IPS) Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was not made lightly. Discussions regarding the condition of the property, located on Industrial Road, first began in October 2009.
Primary among the concerns were providing adequate risk assessment data, through Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), to the Fire Department, so they could safely respond to the needs within the Industrial Park. Other factors in consideration were the violation of outdoor storage of waste, lack of fencing to screen off plastics, and lack of adequate parking out front which limited access to the road.
With a desire to continue building positive relationships with their neighbors and the county, IPS agreed to address these issues and some progress has been made, however it came a little too late.
Attorney for IPS, Michael Baumberger, offered a Consent Order. In the Consent Order, IPS stipulated there have been violations, and the Board should move forward with revocation but asked the Board to hold off on enacting the order as long as IPS meets certain requirements. Those requirements would provide additional time for IPS to become compliant. Benchmarks at 30, 60 and 90 days would have to be reached, however, If not 100% compliance within 90 days, the Board could act on the revocation without notification.“I can support a Consent Order but i don’t want to do this again. I am in favor of giving them another chance,” stated County Commissioner Jeff Masterson, the only vote in opposition to the revocation.
“The Commission demonstrated a good faith for two years,” stated Commissioner Wheeler. He went on to add, “It’s not the expectation that a business operating under CUP would require monthly checks for compliance. They have been in violation since day one, with outside storage.”
After hearing discussion from frustrated neighbors of IPS, it was noted by Chairman Don Woydziak, who voted in favor of the CUP revocation, “Assurances were given two years ago and we are here again; this is not our first rodeo.”