Koel seeks salvage business permits
By ELISA SAND, Staff Reporter
A new salvage business received approval on Tuesday to conduct business, but the item has been put back on the county agenda for further discussion on June 4.|
Jeremy Koel of Winfred presented a request for a conditional use permit, variance and extended home occupation designation on his father's property west of Junius.
Koel plans to move to that location and, in partnership with Derek Uthe, to operate Dakota Prairie Logistics & Salvage, LLC. Koel appeared before the Lake County Commission for approval of the permits. He was granted approval, but according to Lake County Auditor Bobbi Janke, the item has been put back on the county's agenda for further discussion.
Koel said the home-based business will include the salvage of some materials, but the primary focus will be converting discarded or damaged items into something that can be used again.
Koel provided some examples, including refinishing a piece of furniture or converting an old piece of equipment into something different.
Koel said he anticipates some auto salvage, but the vehicles will be transported off the property as soon as the salvage work is completed.
Lake County resident Charles Scholl, who is familiar with the salvage business, asked Koel if he is familiar with the state and federal regulations concerning salvage businesses and specifically pointed to federal guidelines regarding fluid disposal.
Koel said waste oil can serve a dual purpose with oil-burning heaters, and the F&M Truck Stop picks up antifreeze.
Scholl asked how Koel plans to remove freon from vehicles and explained that anyone who removes freon must be certified, and salvage yards will not accept junk vehicles if the freon hasn't been removed. Scholl also said Koel will be required to document the freon removal.
Koel said he plans to find someone who is certified in removing the freon.
Scholl said state law has a 1,000-foot setback for junkyards and questioned if Koel's business met that requirement.
Zoning Officer Deb Reinicke said county officials do not enforce state regulations. The question before the commission was whether Koel's business meets county regulations.
State law (SDCL 31-30-3) does cite a 1,000-ft. setback for junkyards, but that statute also allows four exceptions to the rule: 1) if the property is screened by natural objects (shelterbelt) or fence to obscure the view of the property from the road; 2) if the location is zoned for industrial use under authority of law; 3) if the property located within an unzoned industrial area meets land use requirements set by the Transportation Commission; or 4) if the property is not visible from the state highway.
Reinicke said Koel's property does have a natural shelterbelt, but according to the map provided in the county agenda packet, most of the trees are on the north and west. Trees on the south end of the property partially obscure the view of the property.
The property in question is a corner lot located at the intersection of SD-34 and 446th Ave.
According to Randy Binger from the South Dakota Department of Transportation, his interpretation of the second provision is a reference to whether the site meets county regulations.
State law (31-30-2) also defines a junkyard as an establishment that is maintained, operated or used for storing, keeping, buying or selling junk, or for the maintenance or operation of an automobile graveyard.
Koel is requesting a variance to allow the business on the property, which spans 8.5 acres. County regulations require 10 acres. The conditional use permit is required for a home-based business. The extended home occupation permit is required because the business will operate in another building on the property and someone outside the family will be employed.
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