R.A. Oras may get belated zoning approval

2013-07-19T18:15:00Z 2013-07-19T21:12:40Z R.A. Oras may get belated zoning approvalBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
July 19, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | Lake County zoning officials are recommending a construction company west of Gary get the zoning approval it has lacked for more than a dozen years.

A petition for R.A. Oros, of 4200 W. 45th Ave., to receive business zoning now goes before the Lake County Council for a final vote as early as next month.

Oros has been in the business of construction and excavation since 2001, according to state business records. The company has done flood improvement work on Spring Street Ditch and Hart Ditch for Munster and the Lake County surveyor's office.

Ned Kovachevich, the county planning director, said his office learned last year that R.A. Oros has operated a commercial storage yard in a residential area of unincorporated Calumet Township without the proper zoning authority.

Oros petitioned the county at a Wednesday Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to get a zoning change. Kovachevich said a majority of the board approved the change after neighbors of the site expressed no objections.

The recommendation comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported earlier this week that local officials found containers in the Oros yard leaking diesel fuel and concrete-forming lubricants.

The discovery took place during an investigation of a oil sheen found April 11 on the surface of Cady Marsh Ditch, which flows north of the yard. However, the EPA later concluded Oros wasn't the source of the sheen.

Oros hired a firm to contain and clean up the chemical spill.

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