Since he started Elkton Recycling a decade ago, Marty Imperial has worked to do things by the book.
He's maintained his property investing $300,000 in stormwater management upgrades for the scrap yard.
Imperial has requested rezoning for about a half acre parcel of land.
County Director of Planning and Zoning Eric Sennstrom has explained that a
rezoning is justified if #1 there is a substantial change in the neighborhood or # 2 a mistake was made during comprehensive rezoning. Sennstrom stated that Imperial was recommended for approval based on a mistake.
Imperial wants to rezone a half acre of his nearly 11 acres from Heavy Industrial (M-2) to Business General (BG). The land is located at 538 Blue Ball Road.
He's hoping the rezoning will allow him to go back to his roots. Imperial is a self confessed motor head. He got his start as an auto mechanic.
He explained how the scrap business works. He could pay a seller about $200 for a car to be scrapped.
If he is approved by a car lot, and there are others on neighboring properties, he could pay more for a car, about $500, fix it up and sell it for $750-$1,000.
In the scrap business there are restrictions on the number of cars he can sell - five per year. He has been honored by Cecil County Government as the number one metal recycler for a decade. The current business, buying ferrous and non-ferrous metals is one in which prices fluctuate wildly.
He wants to adhere to all regulations and laws, that's why he opted to go for the rezoning. He currently employees nine people - eight of whom live in Cecil County. Included in his payroll are graduates from local high schools and Cecil's School of Technology.
"I live around here and I'm in it for the long haul," said Imperial.
He already has a car lot set up. But if he doesn't gain approval, those cars will go back in the scrap yard. He doesn't plan to sell them without the zoning approval.
"I know the rules. The stormwater rules and the MVA rules. I am a responsible legal operating business. I pay Workmen's Comp and taxes for all my employees," he said. "This won't be instantaneous if I get approval. But this will supplement my business and help me pay the taxes.
Steve O'Connor, Zoning Administrator for Cecil County's Department of Planning and Zoning has worked with Imperial. "He's been great. But everything in life is a fight," said Imperial.
A decision regarding this rezoning is anticipated to come from county officials on January 17.