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City council wants a scrap metal collection on the west end of town cleaned up and cleared out – to a more suitable location.
Scrappy’s Metal Recycling, located off the Trans-Canada Highway on Neskonlith Indian Band land near Fischer’s Funeral Services, was the subject of discussion at Monday’s council meeting.
Coun. Debbie Cannon said she’s received many emails “asking how could the city let this business start there,” without the writers realizing the business is not on city property. Regardless, Cannon wants something done about what she says looks like a “dumping site” at the west entrance to the community.
“I drive by this Scrappy’s Metal site every day, twice a day, and it’s growing and I cannot believe that business is where it is, so I really want us to keep on top of this and I want that cleared out of there as soon as possible,” said Cannon.
Cannon’s comments were based in part on a letter from the Neskonlith Indian Band and subsequent conversations that have taken place between band Chief Judy Wilson, Mayor Nancy Cooper and Coun. Ken Jamieson.
An Aug. 27 letter from Neskonlith operations director Sue Saunders sums up those discussions.
It explains use of Neskonlith land “held privately under certificate of possession does not flow through the band,” and that it is the federal government that currently oversees land use.
Cooper said she believed a lot of the material at the Salmon Arm Scrappy’s location is coming from Scrappy’s Metal Recycling in Notch Hill.
“All the neighbours complained about that to the CSRD (Columbia Shuswap Regional District),” said Cooper, referring to a zoning issue related to the farm property where the metal was being collected.
Council supported a motion by Coun. Denise Reimer that a letter be written to MP Colin Mayes with the hope that the situation can be remedied. Though he agreed to the letter, Jamieson cautioned that council not seek to shut Scrappy’s down outright.
“I think we need to make sure it’s known we’re not against this type of business,” said Jamieson. “We need these places that will accept and recycle and ship the metal off to where it can be processed. So I want that to be included in any letter.”
Reimer said she didn’t want to be pointing fingers, but she is concerned there could be environmental issues.
Coun. Alan Harrison said the letter from council would be supporting what the Neskonlith are seeking, and while he agreed the business is needed, he too does not want it at the city’s entrance.
The Observer was not able to interview the owner of Scrappy’s Metal prior to press deadlines.