Special exception sought for mulch production, storage

Tribune Staff Reports

A Tuscumbia, Alabama-based company that produces and stores landscape materials is expected to make a request for a special exception at tonight’s Jackson County Plan Commission meeting.

Representatives from Sims Bark Co. Inc. are on the agenda to share information about a planned operation at a 59.68-acre site in the 6500 block of South County Road 1150E, Crothersville.

The area is adjacent to Interstate 65 near the industrial park.

It would be the first location in Indiana for the company, which has operated since 1974, according to its website. The company has locations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri and South Carolina.

The property, owned by the James L. Puckett Revocable Living Trust, is presently zoned general business. The special exception would allow for the production and storage of mulch, soil and rock products.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex, 220 E. Walnut St., Brownstown.

Board meetings are open to the public and press.

The plan commission’s job is to review requests for special exceptions before passing them on to the Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals with either a favorable, unfavorable or no recommendation. The plan commission does not take public comment about requests.

The board of zoning appeals will set a public hearing for a request before making a final decision on it.

Representatives from the company did not immediately return a request for comment.