April 4, 2014

Thumbs down on porta potty business

By Jerry W. Kram

The Parshall City Council decided against rezoning a 10 acre plot of land in the southeastern part of the city from Agricultural to Commercial because the council members felt the proposed business would not fit in with the city’s future plans for the the area.

Perry Byers requested the zoning change on a plot of land he purchased about a month before it was annexed into the city in 2012. He has been running a business on the parcel supplying portable toilets to the oil industry and events including area powwows. He had built three underground tanks to store waste until it could be shipped to a disposal site north of New Town or spread on farm land as a fertilizer. He also has a trailer on the site for his employees.

Byers asked for the zoning change so he could continue to operate his business. In a public hearing before the city council, he said that he was following all the rules set down by the North Dakota Department of Health and federal Environmental Protection Agency.


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