A quest to rezone a piece of residential property behind the Pine Ice and Kwik Stop gas station from residential to commercial has neighbors steamed.
As required by Gila County, the Tom Weeks family held a community meeting on Oct. 30 to hear concerns from neighbors.
Everyone living within 300 feet of the property got a notice of the proposed rezoning and a chance to attend the meeting. The family wants the rezoning so Pine Ice can store more semi-trucks that deliver and store ice.
A little more than a dozen neighbors, residents and a representative from the county showed up. The Weeks family took notes to provide to the county in order to help the supervisors make a decision on the rezoning application.
Maureen Heisdorffer opened up the meeting discussing an irrigation issue between the Pine Ice, Tymeless Antiques and Beeline Guesthouse properties.
“My name is Maureen Heisdorffer. I’m here on behalf of the Pine Water District,” she said. “I was more concerned on the irrigation part because it’s been blocked off from the neighbors going on down. Our water rights go back to 1881 and you can’t block the (irrigation ditch that) crosses over the highway onto your property. It’s been blocked off.”
Both Louis Vidanda (son-in-law of Tom Weeks) and his wife Laura addressed that issue. “First of all, this meeting has nothing to do with that,” said Laura. “Just so you know, there is no easement on our property for that line.”
Louis denied cutting off the irrigation ditch.
“The rumor that’s being spread ... that we shut off all irrigation rights to one side of Pine, it’s not true,” he said.
Neighbor Richard Crowe, who owns and operates the Tymeless Antiques, admitted he had a part in shutting off the irrigation.
“I’m the one that took the pipe off because I own the property directly north of ... or right in front of the property that is being rezoned,” said Crowe. “And there is no easement across our property to have surface water run on the surface.”
Crowe then turned the meeting to the rezoning issue at hand.
Crowe said he simply wants someone to release the land from its landlocked status.
“My concern is that the property behind our building, if the zoning is not changed ... it is landlocked,” said Crowe. “There’s no way to get into that property except through (the Weeks’) property ... the rezoning of this, it makes the land usable.”
Doyle Chaney owns a mini-storage close to the new property and supported the zoning change.
“I’m Doyle Chaney, I have the Pine Mini Storage. I have no objections to that being C2, and it would be nice to get some of that equipment out of (the Weeks’) front yard so it doesn’t impede the ingress egress to your property,” he said.
Although no longer a resident of Pine, Ken D’Arcangelo owns a piece of property nearby. He also agreed with the zoning change.
“I have no objections to what you’re doing,” he said. “I know you’re hauling those (trucks) all the way from Rye and that’s a cost factor without a doubt.”
Patrick Gleason-Moore, an owner-operator of the Beeline Guesthouse, has a long list of complaints against Pine Ice and Kwik Stop. He maintains the rezoning will degrade the neighborhood.
As Gleason-Moore spoke, the room took on a decidedly charged atmosphere — D’Arcangelo even said, “We’ll deal with you later.”
“My name is Patrick Gleason-Moore and I highly object to a zoning change on either properties for several reasons,” he said.
Those reason include the noise already produced when the Pine Ice and Kwik Stop work around the clock.
“I’m just wondering if you are aware of the written complaints that have been lodged against the current operation that date back to 2006, way before I purchased property,” said Gleason-Moore.
He also feared parking semi-trucks on the property will degrade his view.
“Granted Mr. Chaney (owner of a mini storage) wants the machines and equipment out of his view, but if the approval from the R1 to the C2, which is quite a jump ... it probably will move all that equipment back where it’s in our view,” he said.
Gleason-Moore wrapped up his objections with the concern that the Weeks family could proceed with any number of business activities on the commercial property because of the rezoning.
“Going to C2 would broaden your usage and who knows what you would plan to do or might do,” he said.
Laura said the family would follow the requirements the C2 zoning demands.
“We are required to put up a fence,” she said. “I can’t remember the exact measurement, I think it was 8-foot or 6-foot something you can’t see through ... there is no plans of building anything whatsoever.”
The Weeks family said the county will make a final decision on Dec. 20.
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