New Gering business researching impact of proposed zoning change

Lays Mining (Strang/RRN/KNEB)

One of the newer businesses in the industrial corridor that includes the Scottsbluff-Gering Highway is still researching what a proposed zoning change would do to his business.

Jim Mellott is co-owner of Lay's Mining Service, which located on the north end of 7th Street in 2012 and employs 14 people who repair mining equipment and parts for clients in surrounding states.

Mellott says like many other businesses on the corridor he's worried the proposed zoning change from Manufacturing and Heavy Industrial to Business and Highway Commercial could impact his ability to buy property and expand.

Mellott's business could be one of those not permitted under the new zoning, and might be subject to asking for special exemptions from Gering councils and boards to expand. Mellott says he has plans to grow and is worried this is as large as he can get.

Lay's Mining also has a facility in Illinois to serve clients in the eastern end of the U.S. and employs 60 people between the two locations.

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