Trucking firm’s plan muddied by permit snafu

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Officials with an Iowa trucking firm that last month was granted a permit to operate in the Saukville business park changed their mind and decided to move to another location in the same park.

However, neither the firm nor the business park owner notified or checked with the village and last week were told the site does not comply with village ordinances.

Last month, the Village Board granted a conditional-use permit to Des Moines-based Ruan Transport Corp. to set up shop at 516 Technology Way to haul finished steel coils for Charter Steel, representing about 30% of the manufacturer’s total tonnage.

Ruan officials said the company would hire about 45 people. The site will be used for parking semi-tractors and trailers and include a shop where routine maintenance will be performed.

Since that May meeting, however, Ruan officials decided to relocate to 800 Progress Drive and signed a lease with business park owner Don Teunissen. 

The company expects to begin operating there on July 1, Teunissen said. The new site, however, is not in compliance with village codes because it is graveled and unpaved.

Teunissen said he had never been required to pave the site before and had already signed a lease.

Village Administrator Dawn Wagner told him that she couldn’t address what had transpired in the past but that paving was nevertheless required under current ordinances.

In the end, trustees agreed to issue a temporary certificate of compliance, good for four months, allowing Teunissen time to pave the site.

 

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