Pick of the day: Amortization on the table

The latest version of the proposed junkyard amortization ordinance goes before the City Council’s Land Planning and Development Committee at 9 a.m. This proposal, revised after new Planning Director Erris Dunston held a work session with the Planning Board last week, appears to address the main concerns of auto shop owners while attacking unsightly junk, the original goal of the amortization process. For example, repair facilities could substitute gravel for paving. No auto repair businesses would be forced to shut down, but all junkyards outside industrial zones would have to close.