North Hudson cool on proposed business
A business interested in relocating to North Hudson's industrial area has met a cool reception from the village's Plan Commission and a non-committal message from the village board at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Bright Solutions LLC makes windshield washer fluid. The commission is concerned about the "warehousing" of methanol, a flammable ingredient.
The board spent nearly an hour discussing the business plan, but ultimately tabled the decision. As a result, the board won't see it again until the January meeting.
In the meantime, the Plan Commission will wrestle with the definitions of "process, storage and warehousing." Current village codes would allow for storage of chemiclas like methanol if it is part of a "process," but not for "storage," or as the codes says, "warehousing."
Business owner Chris Willeke and building owner Collin Thorpe were at the board meeting and encouraged the board to go against the Plan Commission recommendation.
Both maintained that the methanol was part of the "process" of making windshield washer fluid. The process essentially involves three tanks, one with methanol, one with water and a tank in which the two ingredients are mixed. Methanol is necessary in the washer fluid because it keeps it from freezing.
Willeke, who lives near the North Hudson industrial area, said his business is also highly regulated by the state and that the process of making the fluid is safe.
Building owner Thorpe said he is eager to have Bright Solutions in the old car shop facilities.
"I have invested $100,000 in the buildings and not many people are knocking on my door in this economy," Thorp said.
The board voted to table the decision on a 6-1 vote. Voting against the tabling was Trustee Daryl Standafer who said the business owner deserved to know "what direction we are going."
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