In an article published December 20th, 2019 in the Parker Pioneer Anna Camacho raised concerns over Alliance Metals’ proposed aluminum recycling smelter in Wenden.
Camacho stated that Alliance Metals has not paid their taxes, followed mandated procedures on applications, or paid many of their fees.
Here are the issues:
- Alliance Metals has not paid their taxed which amount to $8,952.42.
- Alliance Metals has applied to combine the parcels into one, but the assessor can not do this until all taxes are paid.
- She said that a recorded survey and legal description were needed and that she sent a letter to the company in March stating that. She received no response.
- She again sent a letter in November with no response.
- She further stated that Alliance paid $1,100 for their application to amend the county’s comprehensive plan. (That is the price per parcel). There are seven parcels involved so the fee should have been $7,700.
I find it amazing that in light of these issues, and others that we have raised, that the county would even take their application and present it to the P&Z commission. Now, the Supervisors is scheduled to hear the same deficient application…seriously??
Furthermore, Alliance has still not paid their fees to ADEQ for the Air Quality Control permit. At the same time, they continue to pay what I am sure are outrageous fees to Rose Law Group for their legal and PR push. In fact, I noted a few weeks ago that Rose had gone silent, even on social media for a period of eleven days. Hmmm… I think it was because Rose Law Group had not been paid.
While it is a minor issue ( but telling nonetheless), in a meeting with Loren Barton of Alliance and a project manager of Rose Law Group, I suggested that they clean up the property. I noted that it was out of control with tumbleweeds and that the former owner never let the property get this bad. (That meeting was held on September 27th, 2019). On October 25th, after pushing them for answers to issues I raised, I received an email stating that the company had put out a request for bids to landscapers to clean up the property…well it is now December 23rd and nothing. They can’t even clean up and maintain their property let alone follow regulations and pay their fees and taxes.
HOW ON EARTH CAN THEY SPEND $30 MILLION ON A SMELTER, KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE AND FOLLOW ALL THE REGULATIONS IMPOSED ON THEM BY ADEQ, IF THEY CANNOT SIMPLY PULL WEEDS AND PAY BILLS.
Their present behavior is a predictor of the future. How a company behaves in the past and the present will tell you how they will act in the future. So this is the type of company we want as a neighbor? I think not. We simply can not allow this company to steal our future!