Aldermen make recommendations for gravel on car wash lot issue

Linda Trest
Staff Write

Brad Landwehr has complained to the city that gravel from city streets has been washing onto the lot of Blue Star Car Wash. 

Mayor Cary Parker asked Aldermen Kevin Grube and Steve Grgurich, and Nick Grube, public works director, to meet as a committee with Landwehr to discuss the problem. The committee went to the property to visually assess the situation. Landwehr was also contacted by some of the group. 

Landwehr told the board earlier that he had once offered to pave the alley that borders the east edge of his property. He also suggested the city might vacate the alley. 

Grgurich wrote a response that was read by Alderman Grube at the city’s regular meeting, Thursday, Aug. 14. 

“The idea of accepting the offer from Landwehr to pave the alley, I reject outright, as it is not a street, but an alley, and usage as a thoroughfare, should be discouraged,” Grgurich wrote.

In part the recommendation was, “Landwehr should curb his property on the east along the existing property line, at his expense. He has lived with this condition since ownership of the car wash. This would protect his property from the alley side,” Grube read. “The curbing should run the full property line thus solving the issue. The alley was never meant for access to his car wash, and as such, it poses an egress issue, his curbing would solve his problem.”

The gravel on the parking lot has been exacerbated by a chip and seal project on nearby West Springfield Avenue. The aldermen reminded Landwehr, “Chip and seal pavement is an approved road surface and has been used in the past in the city, and never became an issue to some until late. The sweeping of the curb line is a low priority, and as such is addressed when needed, and not necessarily for aesthetic purposes.”

The report continues, “The issue of damage from the chip and seal to his concrete surfaces is a non issue, unless he is able to substantiate his claim with a board certified engineer report stating that a light weight chip and seal material is detrimental to a pored concrete surface such as his car wash.” 

The report also noted, “The west side of Landwehr’s property is constructed with a roll back style curb and as such, it is subject to the accumulation of gravel and debris. This is a natural occurrence, and as such I see no need for the City to act like it is responsible for this natural circumstance.”

On its south side, the car wash borders a grass lot owned the Gerald-Rosebud Fire Protection District. U.S. Highway 50 runs along the northern border.

Landwehr, who was present when the report was read, made no public comment. 

The aldermen took no further action on the situation.