FARMINGTON — An asphalt recycling business may finally be able to resume operations at its headquarters on Pinon Street in Farmington while its owner looks for a new location.

City council will consider whether to grant Dirt Bandit Sweeping a two-year special use permit tomorrow evening to operate an asphalt recycling machine at its main lot on Corcorran Drive.

"The asphalt recycling process is one that can be beneficial to the community," Mayor Tommy Roberts said. "The problem is that we're in a process of transforming the area from an industrial zone into a mixed use zone."

McKinney requested that a two-year special use permit be granted so he can continue operations while searching for a new location to set up his business, according to a city report. McKinney could not be reached for comment Monday.

"The owner intends to move, and the environmental issues are adequately addressed," Roberts said.

City council has yet to hear any new objections, he said, and encourages anyone with questions or concerns about the machine to attend Tuesday evening's city council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at city hall.

Debate surrounding the asphalt recycling machine began in September 2011 following neighbors' complaints about the noise, dust and odor, according to city records.

Yvette Medina, owner of the nearby Four Corners Glass, raised concerns over air quality, emissions from the equipment and residue, in a letter to Margaret Ambrosino, associate planner for the city, on Jan.


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1, 2012.

Medina declined to comment on Monday in a telephone interview.

After neighbors expressed their concerns, city council granted McKinney a limited permit so he could conduct two demonstration runs with the equipment. Those tests were completed on Dec. 3 and Jan. 30. Fran Fillerup, associate city planner, and Leona Simms, zoning compliance officer, observed both tests, according to a Community Development Department petition report.

The asphalt recycling machine, however, could bring a unique advantage to the Farmington community. Dirt Bandit Sweeping operates one of a handful of asphalt recycling machines in the nation, and the only one in New Mexico, according to a Daily Times article published on April 11, 2012.

Councilman Dan Darnell seemed impressed with the equipment, and confident that McKinney would work to accommodate his neighbors' concerns.

"I've seen that thing work, and it's the way of the future," he said. "It's always a good thing to work with small businesses."

Greg Yee may be reached at gyee@daily-times.com; 564-4606. Follow him on Twitter @GYeeDTFarmington asphalt recycling business seeks two-year permit to resume operations

By Greg Yee

The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — An asphalt recycling business may finally be able to resume operations at its headquarters on Pinon Street in Farmington while its owner looks for a new location.

City council will consider whether to grant Dirt Bandit Sweeping a two-year special use permit tomorrow evening to operate an asphalt recycling machine at its main lot on Corcorran Drive.

"The asphalt recycling process is one that can be beneficial to the community," Mayor Tommy Roberts said. "The problem is that we're in a process of transforming the area from an industrial zone into a mixed use zone."

McKinney requested that a two-year special use permit be granted so he can continue operations while searching for a new location to set up his business, according to a city report. McKinney could not be reached for comment Monday.

"The owner intends to move, and the environmental issues are adequately addressed," Roberts said.

City council has yet to hear any new objections, he said, and encourages anyone with questions or concerns about the machine to attend Tuesday evening's city council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at city hall.

Debate surrounding the asphalt recycling machine began in September 2011 following neighbors' complaints about the noise, dust and odor, according to city records.

Yvette Medina, owner of the nearby Four Corners Glass, raised concerns over air quality, emissions from the equipment and residue, in a letter to Margaret Ambrosino, associate planner for the city, on Jan. 1, 2012.

Medina declined to comment on Monday in a telephone interview.

After neighbors expressed their concerns, city council granted McKinney a limited permit so he could conduct two demonstration runs with the equipment. Those tests were completed on Dec. 3 and Jan. 30. Fran Fillerup, associate city planner, and Leona Simms, zoning compliance officer, observed both tests, according to a Community Development Department petition report.

The asphalt recycling machine, however, could bring a unique advantage to the Farmington community. Dirt Bandit Sweeping operates one of a handful of asphalt recycling machines in the nation, and the only one in New Mexico, according to a Daily Times article published on April 11, 2012.

Councilman Dan Darnell seemed impressed with the equipment, and confident that McKinney would work to accommodate his neighbors' concerns.

"I've seen that thing work, and it's the way of the future," he said. "It's always a good thing to work with small businesses."

Greg Yee may be reached at gyee@daily-times.com; 564-4606. Follow him on Twitter @GYeeDT