County commission approves permit for Pleasanton tow lot

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

This lot on Tucker Road just north of Pleasanton city limits received a conditional-use permit to operate a tow lot on Monday. However, the owner must build a building to house all of the wrecked or incomplete vehicles that are towed there. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

MOUND CITY – Following a meeting of the Linn County Planning and Zoning Commission last week that saw substantial changes to conditions for a proposed tow lot on the north side of Pleasanton, the Linn County Commission gave its approval to the application on Monday, Sept. 20.

Greg Schick of Fort Scott, owner of the lot on Tucker Road just outside Pleasanton's north city limits, has been trying since June to obtain a conditional-use permit for his renter, David Saker of Dave's Towing, to operate a tow lot for his wrecker service.

The permit has been a point of contention between Pleasanton officials, who wanted the county to deny the permit, and the county. However, the lot, which is outside of city limits, is zoned for agricultural use and a tow lot is a permitted use under that zoning.

The original conditional-use permit recommended by the county planning commission had few conditions, so the county commission sent it back for more stringent conditions. The planning commission added several conditions last week and returned the permit application for commission approval.

Those conditions include:

  1. All wrecked or incomplete vehicles must be stored inside a building.

  2. No junk will be loaded outside the fence.

  3. No burning on the property.

  4. The property will be kept in a presentable manner and mowing will be kept up.

  5. Security lighting shall be focused on the tow lot.

  6. Will have gravel throughout the lot.

  7. A minimum 40-foot-by-60-foot building will be started in the next six months.

  8. The building will be built on the east side of the fenced lot.

  9. The permit is for five years and shall be renewed by the governing body having authority at that time.

The City of Pleasanton began involuntary annexation at its regular city council meeting on Sept. 7, because the owner of the property, Greg Schick, Fort Scott, did not agree to a voluntary annexation.

At the commission meeting on Sept. 13, Schick said that the Pleasanton City Council said that they were going to annex his property to keep the tow lot from going in there. He also threatened to not move forward on his plan to build an apartment complex in Pleasanton, saying it would be the county’s fault.

At that meeting, Schick said that he was willing to build a building to house wrecked vehicles so that they could not be seen from the road.

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