Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:51 PM
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- A Linn County official has ordered a halt to operations at a log transfer yard that was a lumber mill 70 years ago, sat idle for decades and then got busy in October loading timber on rail cars.
Residents have complained about noise, the early hours, and hazards for schoolchildren.
"It's my conclusion that this is a heavy industrial use and should not take place in the middle of a rural residential community," said County Planning Director Robert Wheeldon.
Trucks hauling logs from private timberland deliver their cargo bound for export to the yard at Crabtree for reloading onto rail cars, The Albany Democrat-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/W75rIk ).
The yard east of Albany created about 30 jobs in Linn County and in Rainier, where its operator, Teevin Bros., has headquarters.
The Albany & Eastern Railroad disputed Wheeldon's conclusions, saying the yard can operate as long as an appeal is filed on time in January.
"Contrary to the director's interpretation and the opinion of some of the county commissioners, the Albany & Eastern Railroad believes we are operating within our jurisdiction," railroad spokesman Jared Cornell said. "We believe we have until Jan. 3 to appeal."
After community meetings to air concerns about the operation, the railroad, through the Portland law firm Perkins Coie, had asked the county for a code interpretation.
The appeal would be heard by the board of commissioners.
"It's unfortunate that the parties involved didn't go through the permitting process prior to beginning operations," said Roger Nyquist, the board chairman.
Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com
Copyright 2012 The AP.
Posted By: Robert Justice On: 1/2/2013
Title: People need to look past the end of their noses
There is no reason to have a county planning commissioner when we keep saying no to jobs, it won’t be long and we will not need a county. Linn County is not a retirement oasis, so like it or not we need jobs for the people who live here. Those that complain should consider moving to a retirement community if they don’t want to be bothered with seeing real work. It is funny the same people that complain about logging and farming all like having wood products in their homes and like to eat food. I hope NONE of the people complaining attend the lumberjack breakfast - Most of the NW is Proud of the logging heritage. I think we should HONOR the logger and farmer, they work hard and provide products so the rest of us can have a GREAT Quality of life.