I attended the planning commission meeting on Dec. 10 to hear the discussion regarding the asphalt plant.
Jason Boetzer, the environmental health director, was present to defend his staff report. From the very beginning, it was obvious that the majority of the planning commission had already made their decision in favor of the plant. No consideration was taken for the increase of trucks, let alone carrying hot asphalt 1.6 miles down a two-lane county road past numerous residents. Odor, pollutants into the air from diesel fuel, reduction in housing value or environmental/health hazards to the water, ground or people were dismissed.
This plant should not be located one mile from 521 homes and two miles from 2,047 homes.
This is the heaviest populated area in the county. People move to Valley Springs for the clean air and close proximity to reservoirs. How many people are going to continue to visit New Hogan Reservoir to camp, boat or fish if the air smells like asphalt? The decline in visitors will drastically impact the economy of this community.
The job of the planning commission is to improve communities, not destroy them. I don’t know who their alliance is with, but it’s certainly not the people of Valley Springs.