This undated image shows the land that was subject of several complaints recently about a scrap metal recycling operation being run on the property. Following some investigation, Ponoka County council has issued a stop order. Image: Google Maps

Ponoka County issues stop order on un-permitted scrap metal recycler

Complaints about the business located near Morningside came to county council’s attention

A property near Morningside has once again become the subject around the Ponoka County council table.

At its Nov. 13 meeting, council approved a stop work order on an un-permitted scrap metal and recycling operation south of Ponoka.

Located along the south side of C & E Trail and just east of Range Road 263, the stop order was issued following some complaints about the site.

However, in an unfortunate twist of events, the property owner was in the county office putting in a rezoning application at the same time as council was discussing the issue.

Brian Glassman, who owns the scrap metal recycling company, Prometal Management, hopes to have the land moved from agriculture to light industrial after having sold the property in Lacombe where the company was previously located.

The property though has been the subject previous rezoning denials by Ponoka County. The most recent was in February 2017 when a proposed precast concrete plant development was shot down. As well, back in 2012 and 2014, applications were turned down for somewhat similar concrete businesses.

Coun. Mark Matejka brought the issue to county staff based on him receiving some complaints. He passed them along to county staff who looked into the situation and found the business operation.

“It’s quite an elaborate business going on, I would say it’s a full time thing and the neighbours are concerned about it not being zoned for that,” Matejka noted.

CAO Charlie Cutforth agreed with that assessment and council approved the recommendation of a stop order, halting operation of the business until a development permit is issued.

The issue though may not have escalated if not for an extended Remembrance Day long weekend making it difficult to fulfill the rezoning application process.

The order though remains in place for now, despite the application, though it will likely be revisited when the rezoning comes to the public hearing stage.

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