Metal shredding business piling up controversy

Metal shredding business piling up controversy
By: Arnold Wyrick

MARION, Ill. - When residents living along Illinois Route 148 first heard of a new business coming to their area, they never imagined it be one involving recycling of metal, including entire cars.

"It's nice and quiet out here.  And I really hate to see the landscape ruined.  And our house values go down.  And the noise at night," said Brenda Waide of Marion, Illinois.

Waide is just one of the many homeowners living near the proposed site of a metal shredding business by Kraco Recycling's owner Bud Karston.

There are many other people who have signed a petition objecting the business coming to the neighborhood.  That's why Marion's Mayor Bob Butler and other city leaders took a look at a similar operation out in Columbia, Nebraska last week.

"We wanted to go to Nebraska to see this operation.  And we found that everyone of the objections that we had heard to a shredding operation had been resolved," Mayor Butler said.

Still some folks living nearby the proposed site are still concerned about it's impact on their lifestyles.

"We worry about the big trucks that come in and out if they're going to block our passage on the highway.  And all the noise and the litter," said Lucille Whitehead of Marion, Illinois.

Still others have concerns over potential environmental hazards.

"We've just finished a 10-year project to clean up Crab Orchard Lake.  And when this gets started it'll be a short time and it will be right back in there again.  It might be called something different.  But, it would be the same deal, it would be polluted," said Ron Reed, owner of Coosky's Bait Shop.

But Mayor Butler is assured that the new business will actually end up being a good neighbor for his town.

"If the operation is put together as we perceive that it will be, it will be an asset to the area," Butler said.

The company must still submit a business plan, that would require a vote of approval by Marion's City Council.  The area under consideration already is located in the town's industrial park, so it won't require any rezoning of land to accommodate the business.