SHELDON—Jackie Ney can move ahead with her plan for a new can and bottle redemption center in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Board of Adjustment on Thursday, Oct. 17, approved a special exception to permit limited warehousing and distribution in an arterial commercial district to allow for can and bottle recycling.

The board’s blessing means Ney can establish a redemption center at the former Innovative Machine building at 1313 Second Ave.

Sheldon city manager Sam Kooiker asked Ney about the storage of cans and bottles after the redemption center opens.

“It’s my understanding you plan to have nothing sitting out overnight?” Kooiker said.

“There should be nothing sitting out at all at any time,” Ney said. “The building that we have chosen is large enough to be able to hold all of these items inside.”

According to the O’Brien County’s Assessor’s Office, the commercial structure where the redemption center will be located is 5,250 square feet.

Ney said the building has a front office that will be “a nice area” for people to come into to drop off their cans and bottles.

“The warehouse part in the back is large enough for us to be able to work and count,” she said. “There should never be any reason for anybody to even know it’s there, other than the sign outside.”

After the special exception was approved, board chairman Duane Wahlstrom told Ney, “You should be good to go.”

Ney then thanked the board.

Following the approximately five-minute meeting, Ney spoke about the next step in the process of getting the redemption center ready to open.

“It’s just one step at a time,” she said. “We’re hoping to get it up and running as soon as possible. There’s a lot of people telling me their garages are overflowing.”

Ney did not have a date for when the redemption center would be open for business.

“I really don’t want to say right now because I’m not for sure,” she said. “We still have to do a little planning.”

Ney also did not have a name for the redemption center yet.

“We haven’t decided on one,” she said.

This was the Old 60 Steaks & Chops owner’s second attempt to find a building to host a new redemption center in Sheldon.

Ney withdrew her initial request to the city’s board of adjustment for a zoning permit after hearing complaints about the proposed downtown location at 205 Ninth St., which used to house Chinese Chef.

Other businesses in the area were not receptive to the idea and a petition was started before her Sept. 11 board hearing commenced.

“That was not my intention nor my goal to upset anybody, so I have withdrawn my appeal, but I am not finished; I have located another site,” Ney said on Sept. 9.

Sheldon has been without a full-time redemption center since the Corner Can Redemption Center cut back on operations on July 31.