Venezuelan company Spray Quinca’s request for consideration and approval of a site plan and new use request in an Industrial Land Use hit a snag at last week’s county commission meeting.
The company wants to use the former Print House on Strong Road to manufacture aerosol and non-aerosol products for car and industrial maintenance as well as spray paint and sprays for homecare.
Representing the owners of Spray Quinca, Karen Bass told the commission that the company was excited about coming to Gadsden County.
She stated that plans are to open with 30 employees with an average income of $35,000 and an investment of $1.5 million in equipment.
The issue that has now delayed the approval or denial of the plan centered around the county not knowing if a red “Notice of Intent” sign was placed in front of the property prior to the county commission public hearing.
The sign is a requirement by the county’s code to inform nearby residents that an action is being taken on the noticed property.
The recent resignation of Growth Management Director Anthony Matheny left a gap in the knowledge of whether the sign was actually in place at the required time or not.
After considerable debate the commission decided to redo the entire process including another planning commission meeting (the issue passed the planning board 9-0), readvertisement of all notices of interest, hold another community meeting and bring the issue back before the commission again in a public hearing.
Another factor in the discussion was the issue about who would be notified of the hearings. The county requires that notices are sent to property owners within 1,000 feet.
In a discussion with County Administrator Robert Presnell after the meeting, he stated the cost of the meetings and advertisements would be paid for by the county.
Several commissioners were concerned that since there were several apartment complexes in the general area, and a nursing home and doctors offices, that residents and employees should be made aware of the property’s possible use.
Presnell added that he would also place notices on doors at those locations as well.
Another issue that drew some attention concerned the production of the spray cans.
After a lengthy report by Quincy Fire Chief Scott Haire, where he explained the state and federal fire and other safety issues that will be required before the operation could open, there was still the question of any possible health-related issues concerning the manufacturing process that includes the use of propane gas.
Those issues will be part of the second round of discussions as the whole process is redone.
No time limit was set for the re-doing of the process.
In other business, the commissioners approved an interlocal agreement between the county and the sheriff’s department concerning emergency management. A secondary issue concerning the appointment of Major Shawn Wood as the emergency management director did draw some attention. The agreement places the director under the control of the sheriff, but the director is to be voted on by the commission. The commission voted in a 4-1 vote to approve the appointment of Wood. Commissioner Sherrie Taylor was the lone opposing vote for Wood.