Zoning approves machine shop, restaurant and more storage


The Ohio County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a trio of variances for county business requests at its Thursday, March 23rd at the Ohio County Courthouse.

Benny Garland requested a variance for a machine shop business on his farm at 3293 Salem Ridge. Currently he and his son Nathan are the only employees.

There’s been lot of traffic lately because of storm damage to a dairy barn and 25 foot grain bin. No decision has been made by insurance.

The 30′ x 60′ steel structure will be used for both business and farming. He currently has no place to put his equipment inside. The former owner of Brown Tool and Manufacturing in Rising Sun reported he plans to use one fourth for the shop and the rest for farm equipment. The building will be well insulated.

One couple was there in support of the business.

Meanwhile another couple was not opposed but expressed concern about noise during the day, the number of buildings, traffic and dust.

Garland said he wants try to accommodate the best he can

Building inspector Tom Cappel told those concerned to call if there becomes a problem.

Jerry Bovard made the motion to approve the variance which includes the business license is non-transferable. So if his son would take over or if any additional buildings were planned, then he would have to come back before the board.

The approval limited the machine shop to four employees for the manufacturing business. Board members Steve McAlister, Dale Scudder and Ervin McKinley voted in favor also.

Geoff Briceno applied for a variance to open a BBQ restaurant and putt putt at 9969 SR 56N in French.

The Bricenos will have a minimum 10 employees along with some part time summer time.

The state has to approve several things including seating capacity, restrooms and parking lot size.

Neighbors expressed concern over loud music and lighting from previous operators of the business at that location.

The Bricenos said they are not planning on having music at the putt putt and will respond to any issue that may arise. One plan is to change to LED lights.

It will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are planned for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week.

The board approved the variance with the stipulation they modify the lights and noise control as well as following state and county regulations. As like Garland’s approval, it is non transferable. Any new operator would have to come back before the appeals board.

The final approval of the evening was for Dennis Elliott and his Stor. & Lock business at 1392 East Bellview Lane. He requested to add three additional storage buildings.