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August 05, 2014 | 04:05 PMWALWORTH — After three village plan commission meetings with upset residents, the commission will hold a hearing about Jon’s Auto on Aug. 18.
During the July 21 meeting, several residents said they were upset with the amount of traffic and vehicles at the 102 Knoll Road business.
Juan Colin, owner of Jon’s Auto, said he didn’t know what his neighbors wanted.
“There are only two neighbors that have filed complaints,” he said in a July 31 phone interview. “It’s not my fault they bought houses next to a business. It’s a business. Of course there will be cars.”
The complaints started coming to the commission in May, according to the minutes. However, only two complaints were filed in writing — one was filed after the July 21 meeting.
On June 30, Michael and Diana Bromeland submitted a page-long complaint. Among their concerns were the widening of the business’ driveway, a truck parked on the property for weeks and trucks often blocking the road for deliveries. The letter says that Jon’s Auto “obviously does very good business.”
The Bromelands requested a public hearing for the property’s conditional use permit.
The other complaint, submitted by Richard Novak on July 22, said that a large chemical tanker has been parked at the business for more than three months. Novak called the truck an eye sore and was worried about the type of chemicals in the truck.
Colin said he can’t run a business without customers, and that means he’s going to have cars in the parking lot.
“No one, not even a big, nice restaurant, will get a five-star review,” he said.
“I’ve done everything (the plan commission) has told me to do. I’ve been open for three years here. I don’t know what else to do.”
Building inspector Ron Nyman also received a letter of support for Jon’s Auto.
Karmen Miller’s letter, dated July 21, states that no one complained about the business until the village sent notices to the area residents.
“The residents in attendance at the previous (meetings) were not pleased to learn that there was a commercial business operating ‘within’ the residential street of Knoll Road,” Miller wrote.
“Residents were informed by the board that the parcel is zoned as such and that is not subject to change.”
Colin said he has a lot of customers, even other residents on Knoll Street, who will support him during the upcoming public hearing.
The plan commission originally approved a conditional use permit for Colin in October 2010.
The permit has limited conditions: the fence should be at least six feet tall, there are 12 parking spaces, business hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and construction must be to building code.
The commission also said they would review the conditions within a year.
In November 2011, the commission amended the permit to include that vehicles couldn’t remain on the property for longer than 90 days and limited the amount of overnight parking. The renewed permit said it would be reviewed during the May 2012 commission meeting.
According to the plan commission minutes, Jon’s Auto wasn’t discussed at a public meeting again until May 2014. Several residents complained at the meeting, but Nyman said he didn’t receive any written complaints.
In June, Nyman sent a letter to the plan commission requesting they review Jon’s Auto’s conditional use permit.
“The request for the review is based on complaints voiced by both local residents and by commissioners at the May 2014 meeting,” Nyman’s letter, dated June 11, states.
The letter states the plan commission can amend or revoke the permit based on findings from the hearing.
At the June 16 commission meeting, residents spoke at the board meeting again.
This time, they said they would speak with the property owner Jack Kozar and Colin to work things out.
Talks between Knoll Road residents, Kozar and Colin didn’t work because residents were back at the July 21 meeting.