Hog Station Controversy Continues

Posted at: 02/12/2013 10:43 PM
Updated at: 02/12/2013 10:46 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- A controversial hog-buying facility in Udolpho Township was under consideration by the township’s governing board Tuesday night, and it looks like the controversy will continue.

Both opponents and supporters packed the Udolpho Township Hall on Tuesday night as the township's governing board decided to delay a final vote on the project until a zoning issue can be clarified by the township's attorney.

A large number of residents say the proposed facility would do nothing but pollute the area and lower the overall quality of life.

“It's a toxic environment that they're going to be creating,” said Lanita Smith, who lives less than a mile from the building site.

Smith and more than a dozen others living near the proposed building site believe the project would cause unwanted environmental pollution, devalue surrounding properties, and lower the overall quality of life in the area.

“They just don't belong in this residential community,” Smith said. “They need to find another place to locate that will be less harmful to human beings, mankind, animals, wildlife, everything."

On Tuesday the township’s governing board unanimously agreed that the project proposal met the majority of the township’s zoning and permit requirements, and only delayed the vote because of the zoning issue.

The project will come up for a final vote at the township’s next meeting in March.