Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall heard a motion to set aside an order of injunction filed against C&C Salvage of Knox.
An injunction order was filed against C&C Salvage after the Planning Commission says they learned C&C Salvage did not have the proper permits from the commission to expand its operations, but James Campbell, the owner of C&C Salvage, had expanded the salvage and junk yard to the south, nearly doubling its size. Further, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management conducted an inspection in May and found several violations of both state and federal laws.
Campbell had previously failed to show up to court after being ordered to appear, but he said he had given the court order to appear to his lawyer, as he always does, but his lawyer never got back to him. He said he assumed this meant the matter had been taken care of.
According to the attorney for Campbell, the injunction is too vague and not specific enough to follow, and he requested for the order to be set aside. Attorney Brian Hurley argued that Campbell’s business is zoned light industrial, and the expansion of his business was in compliance with law.
The attorney representing the Starke County Planning Commission, Steven Dodge, told the court that the order merely prevents Campbell from conducting business on the property because he does not have the proper permits to do so. When he is in compliance with all state, federal, and county laws, Dodge says he can continue to conduct business and the injunction will be dropped.
Judge Kim Hall instructed Dodge to write up a revised order of injunction specifying what property the injunction is preventing Campbell from using for expansion, and to lay out what Campbell must do to comply with state, federal, and county laws.