|Zoning approved for new Lake Township business|
|Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:05|
MILLBURY - A new Lake Township businessman hopes to grow his company, make money and do it by the book.
The trustees gave him a chance at Tuesday's meeting, approving his zoning change request.
"I have great plans and visions for the future," said Bruce Hoyt at the zoning hearing which was held after the regular trustees' meeting.
Hoyt owns Michigan Protein Inc., 5963 Walbridge Road. The zoning change, from A-1 agricultural to M-1 light industrial on 1.34 acres, was needed so he could operate his waste vegetable oil storage business.
Hoyt said he collects vegetable oil waste from a dozen area restaurants, processes it, then sells it to the agricultural department, which uses it in a feed mixture for chickens and pigs.
He said it is licensed through the Michigan and Ohio departments of agriculture to pick up the oil. His business, which also includes a facility in Michigan, has an inspection every year, Hoyt said.
"I'm not here to cut corners. I'm here for the future," said Hoyt, who added that he hopes to eventually hire a couple of local drivers and put a pole barn on the Walbridge Road property to house the operation. "I'm here to earn money and do it by the book."
The trustees peppered Hoyt with questions about safety and sanitation.
"We're not trying to scare business away, we're just trying to protect our residents," said Trustee Ron Sims.
Hoyt said there was "absolutely, no possible way" the oil would get to a nearby creek or catch fire.
Bowen said the trustees never thought a tornado would hit Lake Township either, referring to the June 2010 disaster. She wants to have a disaster plan in place - "not tomorrow" - because the township is part of the Lake Erie watershed and has to comply with many regulations.
Bowen asked Fire Chief Bruce Moritz if Hoyt needed to have a plan in place if there was a leak.
Moritz, who was hired Tuesday, said he was not familiar with this type of operation.
Hoyt said he works hard to promote cleanliness in his business and the property is secure with locks, motion detectors and cameras.
"It sounds like you're here to work with the township, and providing a valuable service, as well," Welling said.
The Wood County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the zoning change at its July 2 meeting.
The property has been the subject of many complaints over the years. Hoyt was lauded for cleaning up the property and opening communication lines with neighbors and township officials.
"We have to agree that what he's done so far has been a vast improvement as to what was there," Welling said.
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