Salt Lake Egg Inc. officials were boiling after Salt Lake County commissioners refused to rezone property so the company can remain in business at one of two locations.
Commission Chairman James Bradley told company representatives that they "quite frankly have quite a bit of work to do" to clean up their business.The company sought to change the zoning of its property from a C-3, which permits egg candling and sales, to an M-1, which permits egg processing as well.
The company, which markets processed egg products, has been in the building on 109 E. Helm Street since 1956. Spokesman Rod Gilmore says that in the 1970s the county administration said the business conformed to legal requirements. He said the company received a letter from the county confirming this but was unable to produce it.
The property is surrounded by homes, and neighbors have expressed concern because the stench exuding from the building and its dumps is at times overwhelming and perhaps even unhealthy. They are also concerned that the trucks which deliver the egg products have violated noise curfews for many years.
Gilmore says the problems have been taken care of and that the firm seeks a "peaceful coexistence with the neighborhood."
Janet Parker recently moved away from the area because of breathing problems she says are due to the tainted air released by the company. She pleaded with the commissioners to "eliminate this horrible factor from our lives. How can we breathe with the air so (foul)?"
Commissioner Randy Horiuchi said M-1 zoning permits siting that is too close to the neighbors and that this situation has become a "common concern."
The commission gave the company two options after denying its request. It can either approach the appropriate committees and argue that it meets the C-3 requirements or, if that fails, it can argue that it has been in the area so long it should be allowed to be exempt.
Gordon Lund, environmental compliance specialist for the Salt Lake County Health Department, conducted two inspections of the premises and both times found unacceptible conditions. Listed in a letter to the Salt Lake Information and Planning Services dated March 28, Lund found, among other things, the following:
- Spilled egg yolks and egg products.
- Dumpster lids left open.
- Pooled water in the driveway consisting of egg products and other fouled water.
- A foul smell that could be detected at the property line on the east, south and the north sides of the property.