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Hulsey truck terminal rejected by planning commission after crowd of opposition
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Husley Environmental Services may get its business license revoked after issues with parking trucks at its Clermont offices, pictured here Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

A proposed truck terminal that would hold up to 10 trucks at a North Hall location was denied Monday, Nov. 5, by the Hall County Planning Commission.

The vote was 2-1 to approve, with another planning commissioner abstaining, but the proposal needed at least three commissioners in favor to pass, Planning Director Srikanth Yamala said.

He clarified the vote after about 100 people — mostly opposing Hulsey Environmental Services’ proposal — had cleared the room.

Commission members Don Smallwood and Chris Braswell voted in favor, Bo Brooks opposed, Frank Sosebee abstained and Johnny Varner was absent.

Hulsey was seeking to add a truck terminal off Cleveland Highway, near Hub Head Road, that would hold up to 10 trucks.

Hulsey is a plumbing and environmental services business that uses enclosed trucks to transport waste and byproducts from other businesses, including poultry plants and restaurants. According to the application with the county, the trucks would be empty when arriving at the Clermont property.

Residents have said they have noticed an odor and believe that Hulsey, which relocated there in May from Calvary Church Road in Gainesville, is the source. They voiced the same concerns at Monday’s meeting.

The audience was vocal at times, speaking out as planning board members discussed the proposal.

“I can clear the room,” commission Chairman Don Smallwood said.

Commissioners had talked about placing numerous conditions on the proposal, including reducing the number of trucks from 10 to five.

“I don’t think anybody has a problem … with (Hulsey) operating an office out of there,” Commissioner Bo Brooks said. “The trucks is the issue.”