2018-03-08 / News

Special use permits recomended by Planning commission

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CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – Clayton Township Planning Commission members are recommending a special use permit for a new manufacturing business.

At the February meeting, commissioners also adopted new bylaws and welcomed two new members.

Michael Case of Case Rentals filed a special use permit application for his location at 10111 Corunna Road. The proposed used was “manufacturing acrylic fiberglass swimming pool walls and steps for use with a concrete bottom.”

Case, who recently acquired a company called Swimcraft that makes the panels, presented examples of the swimming pool panels he proposes to manufacture.

“Basically, we are bringing a manufacturing company into Clayton Township to make pool walls of any shape or size,” he said. “It is all done using fiberglass and acrylic. It comes in as a flat sheet, and it is put into an electric heater, and once it is heated, a vacuum press makes it into the shape and form that is ordered.”

Once it is formed, Case said, the panel is painted by hand to meet the customer’s specifications. Case said the proposed manufacturing plant would employ four or five people, and would operate during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

Residents who live near the proposed manufacturing operation expressed concerns about raw material waste disposal, lighting spill over and possible odors. The residents were not present at the public hearing, but sent letters expressing their reservations.

In response, Case told the commission, “The heating element is electric, there is no gas and no flame. It is basically a glorified toaster.” Case also said the vacuum form machine runs on electricity, therefore no building exhaust was necessary.

The scrap waste from the process is minimal, he said, and would be disposed of in the dumpster on the property, which would be fenced. Case also said he would address any lighting spillover to the neighboring community.

The planning commission recommended approval of the special use permit to the township board, with several conditions, including that Case abide by all local, state and federal regulations and statutes.

The planning commission also adopted new bylaws, including changing the standing time of the meeting from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tom Spillane and George Sippert attended their first planning commission meeting as new members and were warmly welcomed by the current commission members.

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