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  • County hears zoning requests

  • The Crawford County Commission meeting was largely the Judy Freeman show Friday as the county zoning administrator presented motions made by the Planning and Zoning Board regarding conditional use requests from Hudson Management LLC, 450 E. 540th, and Stanley Hudson.

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  • The Crawford County Commission meeting was largely the Judy Freeman show Friday as the county zoning administrator presented motions made by the Planning and Zoning Board regarding conditional use requests from Hudson Management LLC, 450 E. 540th, and Stanley Hudson.
    “These are two separate requests, but they are intertwined,” Freeman said.
    Hudson Management. 450 E. 540th, has been established for some time, but  had not been approved for business zoning.
    On May 17 Hudson representatives, including Gerald Hudson, Stanley Hudson, Bruce Remsberg of PEC Engineering and attorney Richard Loffswold appeared before the planning and zoning board to request conditional use for commercial industrial use. Gerald Hudson said that the business had been started years ago by his father and moved to the location in 1963, when he was small boy. It originally built fireplaces and did masonry work. Around 15 years ago the firm did a lot of work on the faces of buildings around the Girard square, and currently it does a lot of work for utility companies.
    “They gave us a lot of information, but the board wanted more, and they did it,” Freeman said. “I have copies of their new site plans.”
    She said that the board recommended that the commission approve both Hudson requests for conditional use.
    “The board does have stipulations for approval,” Freeman said.
    One stipulation was clean-up of all trash and trailers on the Hudson Management site, and Freeman said that the Hudsons have made an earnest effort to do that.
    Other issues were ingress and egress for the property and parking on 540 by delivery trucks which has caused some traffic problems.
    “The Hudsons have said that they will get with their dealers to have the trucks come in and unload on Hudson property,” Freeman said.
    The county commissioners were encouraged to make the area 500 feet from each Hudson property line a no-parking zone.
    Also stipulated was that a truck route be designated from the Highway 69 and 126 junction, running west on 126 Highway to 200th Street, then south on 200th to 540th. Trucks would travel west on 540th to the site location for both going to and leaving Hudson Management.
    Commissioners had some questions about the truck route and just which vehicles would be required to use it.
    “I feel we should spell that out someplace because some of those bridges won’t hold everything,” commissioner Carl Wood said.
    Freeman said that the applicants, not the Planning and Zoning Board, had come up with the proposed truck route.
    “It’s up to you to specify weight limits,” she told commissioners.
    “I think most of those bridges are OK for what they’re moving,” said commissioner Bob Kmiec.
    Gerald Hudson said that other contractors have been moving heavy equipment in the area as well.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I’d say there is more heavy traffic on that road by others than by us,” he said.
    Hudson indicated that the company stores its bulldozers and bucket trucks at Carl Junction, Mo.
    “They wouldn’t be here except for repair, and that doesn’t happen often,” he said.
    Commissioner Linda Grilz said that she didn’t think lighter equipment should have to be confined to the truck route.
    “A one-ton truck pulling a bobcat, is that what you consider lighter weight?” she said. “I don’t see a problem with that.”
    Large trucks making deliveries to Hudson Management will have to follow the truck route.
    “If you bring a 10-wheeler loaded with bricks down Country Club Road, you’re talking 20 tons,” Wood said. “If it happens once, I’ll get 10 calls about it. I had a call from a person on 190th about a truck off the road unloading.”
    Hudson said the truck had nothing to do with his company.
    “It had gone off and we were trying to help  get them out,” he said.
    Commissioners approved the Hudson Management LLC conditional use application, with stipulations, then moved on to consider Stanley Hudson’s conditional use application.
    Stanley Hudson owns seven acres at 448 E. 540th and wants to devote one acre to open, outdoor storage behind Hudson Management LLC.
    “There are stipulations that they plant a row of trees for screening and they maintain the trees,” Freeman said. “They will need to use the same designated truck route as Hudson Management LLC, and they will need to remove all trailers and trash from the remaining six acres. They have already cleaned up a lot.”
    She said there had been a problem with foam blowing into a pond, and this has been taken care of.
    “It’s not going to be a dumping site, is it?” Wood asked.
    Freeman replied that the acre would be used to store pipe and other related materials from Hudson Management, and that Stanley Hudson will spray to keep down weeds.
    Commissioners also approved this application, with stipulations.
    Freeman said that these stipulations will follow the land, not the person.
    Grilz was reassured by this.
    “This business has been there a long time and I think it has demonstrated it is a good neighbor,” she said. “I want to protect it beyond today. If  you sell the business down the road, the new owner will follow this.”

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