A long-debated proposal for a scrap metal facility in North Buffalo is set for a vote in the Common Council when it meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall.
The facility would be operated at the former Auto City junk yard at Hertel Avenue and Military Road by Ben Weitsman and Son of Buffalo, a sister company of Upstate Shredding, based in Owego.
Opponents to the facility, including nearby Niagara Metals, filed documents with the Council last week stating that the city code prohibits the facility’s proposed activities from happening within 200 feet of a residence, and that the code would be violated if licenses were granted to the Weitsmans.
Proponents of the facility have said the company plans to invest $7 million at the site and will run a clean operation that will be more attractive than the property’s last use as an auto salvage yard.
Metal will not be crushed or shredded onsite. Large trucks will visit the property daily to pick up metal to be processed at the company’s other facilities around the state.
North Council Member Joseph Golombek has not said whether he will support the project.
Also this week:
• The Common Council will hold its premeeting caucus at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 1417 of City Hall.
• The public is invited to the second meeting of the Buffalo/Erie County Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, an ad-hoc committee of the Erie County Legislature, at 2 p.m. Monday in the County Legislature Chambers on the Fourth Floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo. The 21-member volunteer board was formed after Erie County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) organized an anti-violence rally following a shooting in her district in December.
• The Buffalo Sewer Authority will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 1038 of City Hall.
• The Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 901 of City Hall.
• The Erie County Legislature will hold a regular session at 2 p.m. Thursday in Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St. A caucus meeting will precede the regular session at 9:30 a.m.