“He gets paid for the shale he removes from the sewer district project, but he has to weigh the trucks as part of that contract.” – Willoughby Hills City Engineer 2/13/2020
This City Engineer said this about the commercial truck scale at 37200 Chardon Road at Thursday’s Council Meeting, confirming resident concerns about the “driveway grading project” on protected residential property. It is clear that it is more than importing “some fill to improve the driveway so we can have access to the two existing homes” as the owners of the property said it was at the June 21, 2018 Planning and Zoning Meeting.
The truck scale is being used to weigh trucks so the owner knows how much to charge them to dump on the property. This is commercial and industrial activity, not residential. Willoughby Hills does not even allow dumping in commercial or industrial areas, but apparently it is fine if it is in a residential area and it is called a “driveway grading project.”
The owners have said they are contractors and were going to dump their own materials there. How much would they have had to pay to dispose of this material if they didn’t have this residential property to dump it on? Have they recouped the cost of the land yet?
Was their proposed driveway project just an excuse to be able to make a profit dumping on protected residential property?
What does residential zoning mean if anyone can call commercial dumping a residential driveway grading project?
Why are our city officials allowing commercial and industrial activities in a residential area? Why are they allowing commercial and industrial activities that aren’t even permitted in commercial and industrial zones in Willoughby Hills on protected land in our residential neighborhood?
Why are our city officials who are supposed to look out for our interests looking the other way and allowing this?
The full exchange between Council President Hallum and the City Engineer is as follows:
Council President Hallum: Can you talk about the reason there is a weigh station there?
City Engineer: Ok, yeah, so the owner of the property owns a construction company, and he has a contract with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District who is building those big tunnels underground. So they’re transporting shale from those projects to this site. In his contract he gets paid for the shale he removes from the sewer district project, but he has to weigh the trucks as part of that contract. But this is material, it’s shale coming from underground it’s, uh, very clean material and he has all the perimeter requirements on the site to make sure that that doesn’t get in to the Chagrin River
Hallum: Also it is my understanding that part of that too is he is aware of the limits of our roads…the weights that can be on our roads? And that he’s keeping track of if he’s overweight?
Engineer: No. There’s no weight limit on Chardon Road.
You can hear the entire meeting here.