A meeting between neighbors in the Highway 20 and Ridge Drive area and Cyclone Marine was conducted this week by city officials in an effort to resolve a long running feud. Neighbors complain that Cyclone Marine has been a loud, smelly neighbor that has made living in the area a terrible ordeal, and they want the city to do something about it.
City Manager Michelle Amberg, who has been refereeing the dispute for months, said Cyclone Marine has taken steps to reduce their ‘presence’ in the neighborhood by changing the way they handle eel containers and eel remnants. They promise to no longer bang the containers on the floor and to store eel “waste” in a refrigeration unit so the smell doesn’t drift off the property and into nearby homes. Cyclone Marine has also agreed to establish reasonable stop and start times for workers and that they will comply with city zoning for their site. Amberg said Cyclone has applied for an operations permit and a business license. She said Cyclone Marine has also promised to submit a site plan to ensure the business has enough available parking as well as a business plan describing all business operations to ensure they comply with city rules for their zoning.
All parties agreed to meet again September 30th to get a progress report on Cyclone Marine’s promises to comply with all applicable city laws.
Neighbors complained that when Cyclone Marine initially acquired the property the company said it would run a small retail fish business that would be compatible with the neighborhood. But the neighbors say what they eventually got was a full blown fish processing plant right over their back fences with all the noise and odors that go with it. Neighbors and the city say the zoning for Cyclone Marine’s property does not allow such operations simply because it is immediately adjacent to a residential area. Neighbors claim that operations like Cyclone Marine belong in an industrially zoned location, not in their backyards.