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Consent order approved for Fawn junkyard

| Thursday, June 28, 2007

In what was a formality Wednesday night, the township zoning hearing board approved a consent order that allows David Norris Jr. to operate an auto parts/salvage yard.

Board chairman Virginia Meyer and fellow member Jim Borland voted to approve the consent order issued by Allegheny County Judge Joseph James. The third member of the board, George Parker, recused himself from participating because he is a neighbor of Norris' property.

The order allows Norris to expand his Millerstown Pick-A-Part business along Lardintown Road, which is basically an open air auto parts facility where people pay a fee to look for vehicle parts from rows of junked vehicles.

Norris will be able to expand the business onto industrial property he has owned for which he had sought a required special exception.

"We granted him a special exception originally but he appealed that," Meyer said. She said that was due to restrictions the zoning board had attached.

Norris appealed and the court granted him the relief he was seeking. However, the order by James still has some restrictions in it.

They are:

* Norris can operate the automobile crusher one week each month. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* No shredders or grinders will be used on the property.

* A decorative wall will be placed along an open side of the crusher pit to screen it from view.

= Unlimited ingress and egress to traffic will be provided, including for trucks.

* Work on the property will be performed between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Meyer said the original exception granted by the board was "pretty much" as James' order but "a little more stricter in certain regards." Asked if she was happy with the consent order, Meyer said she had no comment.

"It was just a final step in the process, and we're glad it's completed," Norris said after the meeting.

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