Growth Coming To Elm Grove

Amid numerous complaints from nearby residents concerning loud noises and bright lights, the Wheeling Planning Commission will allow Sledd Co. to proceed with its growth in Elm Grove.

“I think it will get better over time. I really don’t see what else you can do,” said Commissioner Barry Crow, who lives in Elm Grove, while speaking during the Monday meeting.

Crow was speaking to Randy Emanuelson, vice president of Sledd Co., who told commissioners his company is working to reduce the noise and brightness at its new complex.

Sledd Co. is now operating at its new 83,000-square-foot facility on the site of the former Elm Grove Lanes and Foggy Bottom Country Club. Sledd serves convenience stores, cigarette and tobacco stores and other wholesale customers in six states.

“The people on East Cove Avenue are complaining about lights,” Commissioner and City Councilman Don Atkinson told Emanuelson.

Emanuelson told commissioners his company will now enforce rules on its truck drivers that will forbid them from using their main headlights while on site. He also emphasized the company is planting many trees around the site in an effort to further block light and noise.

“Some people said the noise actually sounded like you were manufacturing something,” Commission Chairman Howard Monroe said.

However, Emanuelson assured Monroe this noise is only because of ongoing construction at the distribution facility.

Following some further discussion, commissioners voted unanimously to approve Sledd Co.’s amended site plan.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a plan by Sylvan “Dick” Dlesk, president and chief executive officer of Progressive Bank, to demolish its current structure in Warwood and replace it with a new 4,000-square-foot building.

“I would like to thank Mr. Dlesk for keeping his business in Wheeling,” Atkinson said. “He is constantly updating his buildings.”

In another matter, commissioners accepted the resignation of fellow Commissioner Arch W. Riley Jr. from the board. Per city code, it will be up to City Manager Robert Herron to nominate a replacement for Riley, whom City Council must then approve.

The commission will next meet at 6 p.m. June 10 in City Council Chambers on the first floor of the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.