Despite the city’s attorneys advising them against the move, the Cascade City Council voted during its May 28 meeting to proceed with working on an agreement between the City, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Delaney’s Auto & Ag Center & Repair, which would grant a six-week temporary permit to Delaney’s to shred and remove all the tires on its existing Cascade property.
The item was placed on the agenda at the request of council member Bill Hosch and as such, was only a matter of council discussion, without input from the public.
Hosch said that he had spoken with Jason Delaney approximately a week to 10 days before the meeting, and that they had looked over several items at the location, including zoning.
“There was some question (during the May 13 council meeting) as to whether they were asking for a change to M1,” Hosch said. “I was confused as to whether they were asking for a change to M1, but they’re just asking for something temporary. We just had general discussion and I said we’d talk about it here at the council meeting. Do we want to give them leeway possibly for six weeks as they requested, to operate and clean everything up.”
Ultimately, it will be up to the DNR to grant the temporary permit.
Mayor Greg Staner addressed some of what the city and Delaney’s has gone through in the past, but he also looked at the present. “I look at this several ways, from what we’ve been through the last three years to where we are to date. Jason did say one thing at our last meeting — he just wants this to end. I totally agree with Jason. I just want this to end.”
Staner said it was up to the council to decide what it wanted to do, and that he had Deanna McCusker, city administrator, get an agreement drawn up through the attorney, and, Delaney;s attorney,, to end all of it.
“Part of the agreement lays out what the City wants to see on its end,” said Staner. “It will clean up any legal actions still pending, and it will enforce our ordinances that we do have in place. That’s up to whether Delaney’s agrees to sign the agreement and move forward with it, or what they choose.”
Currently, Delaney’s is not permitted to shred and sell the tire materials by the DNR. The temporary permit would be in place only to get rid of the existing materials. It calls for a six-week time frame, with the shredder being able to operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. only.
“If the DNR is on board and they completely agree with this here, I would be on board with it,” said council member Mike Delaney.
When asked what the city’s attorneys recommended, McCusker said, “They really don’t recommend that we do any agreement with them. They think that because it costs us a lot of money and the history of everything.”
Staner added, “(The attorneys) asked to have it removed (from the agenda) so they could look at it. I don’t want to sit another two weeks. We’re big enough to figure it out ourselves up here what we want to do.”
The motion was approved by a 4-1 vote, with council member Riley Rausch casting the “no” vote.
During the public comment session earlier in the meeting, Ralph Delaney told the council that he had located some land already zoned M1 in Cascade that he was considering purchasing. He first wanted assurance from the City that he would be able to use it for the tire processing part of the business.
“I just need to know where the parcel is and verify the zoning,” said McCusker. “If it’s industrial, they can do it. That’s what we’ve been telling them all along.”
Ralph Delaney said he would meet with McCusker.