A vote that would permit a Monroe company’s new shingle recycling plant in Matthews was delayed Monday, Nov. 8. Town officials got a flood of e-mails, including one from Stallings Mayor Lynda Paxton, urging a delay.
“We just learned about it in the last hour. So we really haven’t had much time to get enough information, and that was the biggest concern, ” Paxton said. “Should we be concerned? We don’t know. I really appreciate Matthews being willing to give us time to look into this. We’re still spinning from the (BMWNC) medical waste incinerator and want to make sure we’re not getting something like that right there on the county line.”
Monroe-based Boggs Paving wants to open the new operation at the former Hill Sand & Gravel site at 2168 Stevens Mill Road. The Matthews facility would be only the third shingle recycling plant in the state. Boggs already operates a shingle recycling facility near its headquarters in Monroe. To bring a facility to Matthews, town commissioners need to add a new category of business to the list of uses permitted in heavy industrial, or I-2, zoning, Planning Director Kathi Ingrish said.
After citing concerns about traffic and the process used to recycle the shingles, commissioners voted to delay a decision until their Dec. 13 meeting.