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Wellsville planning commission grants three new business permits

March 24th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Noelle Johansen

WELLSVILLE — The city Planning Commission approved two home business permits and one permit for the sale of produce Wednesday.

John Jenkins received approval for a permit for a landscape construction and maintenance business he is starting out of his home. His business includes the installation of sprinkler systems, plants, and landscaping, Jenkins said.

“I’m just starting out right now,” Jenkins said. “I don’t have large equipment.” Jenkins said he plans on getting one dump trailer this year and will rent other necessary large equipment, keeping smaller equipment in his garage and shed.

Jenkins’ request was approved by the commission on the conditions that he has only one trailer and, when parked, it does not extend past the front of his house.

Commissioner Russell Glenn said Jenkins’ home business “cannot look like anything other than a normal home.” Jenkins agreed and said he did not want his house covered in trailers.

“You can’t do that with a home occupation,” Chairman Loyal Green said.

The commission stressed the necessity for both home businesses to expand outside of homes if growth is sufficient.

Justin Topik also received a permit for his home business. Topik runs an online gift shop accompanying his website that distributes free daily inspirational and motivational messages to subscribers. Topik’s shop sells inspirational books, CDs, music and yoga and aromatherapy materials.

“Nothing will be sold at my house,” Topik said. He said he only writes messages and stores and packages gift shop items in his home. Topik currently stores his supplies in his garage and said he wouldn’t want them to occupy more than half of the space.

“But it could grow,” Commissioner John Spence said, “it could get to where your garage is full. You’d like it to fill a warehouse, but not in your home.” Topik said he would look into another business location if he experiences enough growth.

Steve Kyriopoulos was approved to sell produce and nursery supplies on his property on the northeast corner of the intersection of 400 North and Highway 89-91. Kyriopoulos said he will be selling tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and bedding plants from local growers. He also plans to install a hoop house. “It’s like a little green house,” he said. He described his produce stand as a “one-day-a-week farmer’s market.”

Kyriopoulos’ request was approved on the condition that he do what he must to keep people from parking on the highway or 400 North.

In other business, the commission approved a recommendation to the City Council to amend the city code to allow 42-inch or shorter fences, hedges, shrubs and walls in front yards. They also discussed the necessity of the removal of a garage in the Reynolds subdivision by June 30.


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