Crawford County Commissioners have green-lighted a conditional use permit for waste tire processing in the county.

Crawford County Commissioners have green-lighted a conditional use permit for waste tire processing in the county.

The permit is a continuation of a permit issued seven years ago by the county to McCabe Industrial Minerals, Inc. of Tulsa, Okla. to use their 92 acres located on 190th St., 1/4-mile north of U.S. 400 highway.

In the original permit, issued in 2003, Commissioners stipulated that the permit be subject for review in seven years.

Judy Freeman, Crawford County Zoning Administrator, said that the county Planning and Zoning Board approved the continuation of the permit during a special meeting earlier in October.

“There was some opposition to the case seven years ago, however, there has been no opposition to the permit at present,” Freeman said.

The original permit was for waste tire processing, however, the new permit allows for two additional phases to the land. The next phase includes constructing an ancillary manufacturing/processing plant and the last phase is for a product manufacturing facility to be built on the land.

Under the new permit, the Planning and Zoning Board has asked for site plans for the two new phases and they stipulated that McCabe must use the same truck route to and from the plant. That route is north and south on 190th to U.S. 400 highway.

McCabe did ask the County Commission to waive the seven-year review requirement of the permit.

“They did not want to invest a lot of time and money into their next phases only to have it possibly turned down in seven years,” Freeman said.

Dennis Meier, with Triad Environmental Services, said that the location is already primed for new construction of the next phases.

“After the first seven years they’ve accumulated a lot of tires,” Meier said. “It makes the move to the next phase a lot closer and easier.”

Commissioners had no issue with the new permit and with the removal of the seven-year stipulation.

“We’ve already made the stipulation like providing a site plan,” said Commissioner Linda Grilz. “I don’t have any problem with this without a timeline.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140