Monroe city council approves moratorium on opening used tire shops

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 11:22 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The city of Monroe is sticking a nail in used tire shops.

The city council passed an ordinance Monday that will stop any used tire shops from opening within city limits for the next 12 months.

Councilman Doug Harvey said several newly opened shops have violated zoning codes and are creating a number of problems.

“We’re not one new used tire store away from having a huge benefit to the community. We see enough of them. There’s enough environmental concern and how people handle them with storage to where we feel like we’re in a situation to where there’s no reason to change the existing zoning map at this time to push anymore in,” said Harvey.

Not only are they eye sores, but Harvey said they present a lot of health risks.

“Ultimately anyone that’s had a tire change they’ve paid that disposal fee because that rubber is very difficult to dispose of properly. You’ve seen the situation where people try to burn tires and how that smells and how that smells and how the hazardous pollutants come off that process. So it’s definitely from an environmental standpoint that we do take seriously,” said Harvey.

Nasser Qayed owns Liberty Tires & Rims on Desiard Street.

His store was one of many that received complaints and were violating zoning regulations. He says he understood the city’s concerns but has since corrected the problem.

“Yeah we understand where the city is coming from because they don’t want no tire shops around the college and around Desiard Street,” said Qayed.

Harvey said the moratorium is to not discourage local business owners. They just want to make sure people are following the codes.

“I understand where they come from, but hopefully everybody will follow the order of the city’s concept,” said Qayed.

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