Despite Rock Hill’s best efforts to deny BriteWorX Car Wash a permit to operate at the former Leach Auto Service site at 9720 Manchester Road, a St. Louis County Court reversed the board of aldermen’s decision.

In August 2018, the board voted to deny the permit after many residents protested the proposed development with complaints about potential noise, the environmental impact of water, grease, and oil runoff, increased traffic, and the fact that there were other car washes nearby.

BriteWorX appealed the decision in St. Louis County Court, and in December, both sides presented their case.

Last month, Judge John Lasater ordered that Rock Hill issue the permit.

“The board is disappointed with the judge’s decision, but does not believe that an appeal is in the best interest of the city,” said Mayor Ed Mahan at the Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting. “In order to comply with the judge’s ruling, the permit has been placed on tonight’s agenda.”

The board unanimously voted to give the company the permit.

An attempt to get a comment on residents’ concerns from representatives of Wallis Oil Company which owns BriteWorX was unsuccessful.

Fire Department’s ISO Rating

Rock Hill Fire Chief Kevin Halloran said that the fire department’s ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating has been raised from 4 to 2, making the department one of five local municipal fire departments with a 2 rating.

“There are only 305 cities with a 2 out of 48,000 nationwide so this is a big deal,” Halloran said. “Glendale, Olivette, Kirkwood and Shrewsbury also have a 2 rating, and Fenton has a 1 rating.”

The department was evaluated in October and received its notification last week.

The ISO evaluates the water system, trucks, training, equipment and response times, Halloran said.

ISO provides ratings is used by insurance companies to determine premiums for homeowner and commercial policies in that area.