P&M owner remains glum after city extends deadline

The owner of P&M Recycling is underwhelmed by a decision by city councillors to give him a two-month reprieve from an order to shut down one of his two warehouses.

The owner of P&M Recycling is underwhelmed by a decision by city councillors to give him a two-month reprieve from an order to shut down one of his two warehouses.

“Big deal,” said Pat McInroy, who has run the company for 17 years. “How can it possibly help me?”

McInroy has been ordered to close his warehouse on Sixth Avenue, where he stores and ships cardboard. Closing the building would be a big loss, he said, and he’s uncertain about how it will affect his business going forward.

The City has ordered McInroy to shut his warehouse down for a number of reasons.

The building, located on Sixth Avenue, is in a mixed-use residential and commercial zone. Recycling activities aren’t allowed there, city officials say.

Moreover, the fire prevention officer has expressed concerns about the building’s inadequate sprinkler system, as well as an outdoor storage area, which is in close proximity to overhead powerlines.

A nearby resident, Chris Isaak, has also complained about noise and dust from traffic in the area.

The other P&M building on Ray Street, where plastics are stockpiled and processed, is allowed to operate because it’s been grandfathered in.

But last week Pat Ross, manager of planning and building services with the City, said a fire in the building would require the evacuation of a large portion of downtown. A potential land swap between P&M and the City has been proposed, but finding both suitable land and a building would be difficult, Ross added.

Last November, the City issued an order stating McInroy had two months to shut down his Sixth Avenue warehouse and remove its materials.

McInroy appealed the decision and applied to amend the City’s Official Community Plan so the lot could be designated industrial instead.

At Monday evening’s meeting, members of council were supposed to vote on whether or not they wanted to continue the amendment process.

They decided they did not want to change the community plan.

Councillor Dan Boyd made a suggestion designed to give McInroy a bit more breathing room. He proposed that council drop the process and give McInroy an extra 60 working days to respect the City’s order.

“We’re in the middle of a process to see if we can create a curbside recycling program,” Boyd said. “And that’s a recycling program. I know recyclers in town will be interested in participating in that.

“I’d like to see that process come to a natural conclusion and see what the outcomes of that are.”

But the extension makes little difference to McInroy, he said.

He’s been using the building for the same purposes since 2012 and doesn’t understand why the City would want to shut the warehouse down now.

He’s also spoken to Isaak on a number of occasions, he added, and believed they could work out their issues.

“I’ve always said we could mitigate what the problems were,” McInroy said.

“‘Were’ is the key word because we’re not nearly as busy as we were when Raven shut down (its public drop off). I have no problem with what they (Raven) did, but I stepped up and took the brunt of it for a very long time.

“Hindsight being 20/20 I should have said no, forget it, I’m done.”

McInroy said he doesn’t believe the outcome of the City’s blue bin program is likely to help him resolve his warehouse issue, since it’s unlikely the City could get the program up and running in the next 60 days, he added.

Contact Myles Dolphin at

myles@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Finance employee charged with allegedly defrauding Yukon government of nearly $50k

Michael Kipkirui was arrested Nov. 12 and is facing eight criminal charges

CBC North reverses decision to replace local a.m. newscasts with ‘pan-northern’ model

Staff at CBC Yukon felt ‘shock and disappointment’ over the original plan, made public Nov. 18

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Reclamation fund being explored in wake of Wolverine Mine receivership

The Yukon government isn’t going to require mines pay more than 100 per cent in security

Yukon Rivermen split first home series of the season

The team won its home opener 4-1 against the North Central Zone Bobcats

Yukoner Jessica Frotten racks up top 10s at World Para Athletics Championships

“I’m really putting everything I’ve got into making that Canadian team for Tokyo”

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

Team Yukon finishes 3-6 at 2020 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships

Yukon skip Thomas Scoffin won a sportsmanship award at the event as voted on by the players

Mikayla Kramer finishes top five at Skate Canada BC/YK Sectional Championships

“I love when there is so much energy in the crowd and I really felt that in this competition”

History Hunter: Travel has been a challenge for Yukon MPs

Getting from Yukon to Ottawa was a trek

Whitehorse biathlete Nadia Moser earns IBU World Cup spot on Canadian team

Whitehorse’s Nadia Moser will begin the biathlon season at the IBU World… Continue reading

Whitehorse Glacier Bears host swimmers from Inuvik and B.C. at Ryan Downing Memorial Invitational Swim Meet

“Everyone had a good time – it was amazing. It was a really great meet.”

City news, briefly

Some of the decisions made at the Nov. 12 Whitehorse council meeting

Most Read