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Contractor Moves Joplin Operations After Notice From City

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Joplin, MO -

City officials have clarified that while this contractor did not follow rules, no official violation was issued to the contractor.

Complaints from Joplin residents have lead to action from City Hall against a contractor who deals with infrastructure damage from the Joplin tornado.  Concrete from those infrastructure repairs was being crushed then used as landfill where the old Capri Motel was located.  City officials say this whole process had been going on for at least the past year.

Residents finally had enough.

"I don't even see how they can come out and enjoy their yards or even work in the yard without being a little annoyed," says Lloyd Buehner, who lives five blocks away from the landfill.

Buehner, a retired attorney, also told us, "I'm sure there's some nuisance ordinance that would apply here."

He's right.

"It's showing that the process works," says Joplin City Manager Sam Anselm.

Complaints from residents have lead to a violation against the operator of this landfill and concrete crushing plant, Nixa-based D&E Plumbing.  Usually, with a noisy, dusty construction site near neighborhoods...

"We normally will just accept that there's going to be a little bit of noise or there's going to be a little bit of dust that occurs on that site," says Anselm.

City rules allow loud noises to come from breaking-up what's already on or in a specific piece of land.  This landfill operator was instead bringing-in and crushing concrete from other parts of Joplin.

"Specifically, with regard to a crushing operation, those are best suited for an industrial area," says Anselm.

City officials say they weren't told by the landfill operator about this crushing plant.  The landfill operator will move the crushing plant farther from construction sites.

"If they have to haul it further, they have to pay more," says Buehner.

Too bad, says Buehner.  That extra expense should've been considered in the first place.

Anselm says he has been told the contractor will still use the property for landfill, just not crush concrete at the location.  Nonetheless, Anselm hopes noise is decreased.

The landfill operator has not returned our phone call.

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