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Hyrum planning commission OK’s site plan for fishing fly business

March 8th, 2012 Posted in Opinion

By Tara Alvey

HYRUM — The city Planning Commission approved a site plan for a wholesale distribution business at 90 N. 800 East at Thursday night’s meeting.

The plan was proposed by Kohn Smith, who owns a business at the same address that manufactures flies for fly fishing. The business sells wholesale directly to stores that carry flies.

“We don’t sell to individuals or do retail,” said Smith, “so we don’t need anything fancy. We use a small front office and then we do a lot of business on the Internet. Really all we need is four walls and a roof. Our current building lease is up at the end of April, so we really need to get this approved. We’ll basically have to move overnight or shut down our business,” said Smith.

The commission discussed several amendments to Smith’s site plan before eventually approving it.

Commissioner Jeff Nielsen was concerned with whether or not Smith had a Dumpster location picked out. Smith reported to the commission that he planned on getting a Dumpster for trash and a Dumpster for recycling in the back of the store, and installing a chain link fence around the dumpsters.

“I think that the chain link fence around the Dumpsters is a great idea,” said Commissioner Steve Sproul. “Otherwise, the whole community will end up using the Dumpsters.”

Commissioner Brian Carver questioned Smith about whether there were any safety and fire guidelines that needed to be met for the building.

“I’m planning on having that all taken care of,” said Smith. “I cannot afford to have a fire anyway. We’ve already had all new electrical put in, and we’ll make sure the rest gets done. We’re also planning on installing a sewer line and connecting it with the building. Installing a sewer line is really expensive and could be difficult, but it’s the right thing to do.”

Nielsen warned that Smith might need to get approval from the Utah Department of Transportation in order to install the sewer line because installing the line could mean digging under a state road. “It can take a long, long time to get something approved by UDOT,” said Nielsen. “I’m talking months and months.”

However, Smith remained firm in his decision to eventually connect the building to a sewer line. “When you do something like this, you want to do it right the first time,” he said.

“When the snow melts and the weather warms up we’ll also paint the building, put stucco on the front of it, get a new roof, and some storefront windows,” said Smith. “We want to be good neighbors and make the building look nice.”

“I’m just glad that the building and territory is finally going to be developed,” said Nielsen. “That building was going downhill fast and this change is going to be good for the whole community.”


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