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Tire Storage Proposal at AAA Site Comes Under Scrutiny

Planning board members want more information before giving the OK to Route 37 business

Planners want to learn more about a proposed tire storage area at a Route 37 automotive service center before they grant their approval. 

The storage area proposed at the 1199 Route 37 East AAA would have a 20 by 8 foot section to temporarily house new tires, and a 16 by 10 foot area where used tires would be stored until removal. Toms River Planning Board members last week raised health and aesthetic concerns and requested more information before making a decision. 

A concern raised by the board was that, exposed to the elements, the used tire area may become a "breeding ground" for mosquitoes. Applicant attorney Michael York said that used tires are not expected to be in the outside area for long, but couldn't say how often they would be hauled away.

"The applicant is not planning to store the tires for a long period of time," he said. "I know it's not for any permanent or long-term storage."

Having opened about a year ago, the AAA site — a former Saturn car dealership location — is "pretty nice," said board Chairman Chairman Bill Suchodolski. The potential of unsightly rust on the steel container for new tire storage is a concern, he said. 

The unit proposed for new tires is "a typical steel container like you'd see on a truck," the kind used for shipping purposes. It has been refurbished and adapted for storage, said applicant engineer John Ernst.

The board also wanted to know whether it may be possible for the tires to be stored inside. According to the applicant, the refuse area, which would be expanded under the plan, would receive coverage from a wooden fence. Tire storage would be positioned behind that fence and shielded from surrounding properties.

"I just wonder if there's not another way to store these new tires," Suchodolski said. Another member questioned whether there might be room inside the building to store the tires, but the applicant said that is not possible. 

Board member John Sevastakis said that he has noticed some automotive repair businesses store used tires outside, which can become unsightly. The board requested that the applicant take a survey of other tire businesses in the area and return in February with more detail, including how often used tires would be removed. 

Rob Petyo January 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Wonderful bussiness to deal with, I hope they can figure out the mosquito problem... I know I had Mosquitos at my home and don't store tires and try to not have any standing water around.
Xavier January 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM
TR is becoming very anti-business lately it seems. I guess that's good news for me as it might push some new businesses further South.
Ray C. January 22, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Sounds like someone forgot to pay off the board again, just like in the case of the former Coconuts development last month...
Laurence Hecker January 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
How does AAA plan to protect against the accumulation of water in the used tires, which in turn will lead to mosquito breeding? And why can't they find space indoors to house the tires or why can't they extend the building to accommodate those tires? How would the board enforce Mr. York's representations that the tires would be removed promptly to ensure against mosquitoes? Enforcement of promises has always proven to be a problem.
Ken January 22, 2013 at 09:09 PM
How much do these people on the planning board get paid to try to make sure that no new business will come to Toms River and the ones that are already here will want to leave? What ever their pay is I am sure they are overpaid.
MP Flood January 22, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Nothing else to worry about,I guess
Len Colica January 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Ken, Planning board members receive no salary or benefits. they are all volunteers.
Cosma January 23, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Keep up the good work Planning Board Bozo's.... pretty soon RT 37 will look like Newark. As far as code enforcement goes... please.
Cosma January 23, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Board members open your eyes and see how APK has made RT 37 look like total crap!! Tell our illustrious code enforcement to wake up.
mjmjr January 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM
THIS IS THE REASON WHY YOU DONT DO THE RIGHT THING,JUST DO IT,THEY WOULDNT EVEN KNOW IT.
mjmjr January 23, 2013 at 02:27 PM
ITS LOOKS LIKE NEWARK NOW,WHO WOULD WANT TO GO BEFORE THIS PLANNING BOARD,THEY DONT WANT BUISNESS,THEY ALWAYS VOTE NO TO ANYTHING THAT GOOD,GO TO BRICKTOWN,THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB FOR BUSINESS.
just me January 23, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Really??? The town is going to quibble over the aesthetics related to the storage of tires?? Way to hassle the good guys! AAA came to that location ....cleaned it up ... brought life back into an otherwise empty reminder of the economic state of affairs and now they have to jump through hoops and spend money for an attorney in order to essentially be respectful of the neighborhood. Bureaucratic nonsense.
Ken January 23, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Guess these board members would just prefer no new businesses come to town and all the ones here should just leave. How do these losers even get on this board? I know I did not vote for them. Or is it just another political thing as usual?
Irina January 24, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Between the crime in Toms River at an all time high, the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.....The jerks on the town council and the mayor is worried about freaken tires. How ASININE!
roger January 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM
I found this post useful.I was trying to find this. Really refreshing take on the information. Thanks a lot
Bob Jensen January 29, 2013 at 06:21 PM
When this building was an AMC Dealership I workd for them. We stored new tires inside and the used one outside. I don't know of any tire dealers that are forced to store used tires inside. An older trailer would work fine. New tires should be stored inside. The space they are talking about is nothing at all. The building can accomodate that much space and lots more.

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