County working to close barn door on operations
by Alan Reed
Jul 23, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Judge/Executive Stan Humphries updated the Trigg County Fiscal Court on plans to build an enclosed poultry feeding facility on Highway 93 near Highway 139 at Monday’s court session.

Humphries said that the former Woodson Harper Farm was in the process of being purchased by William Yoder of Nortonville, who had inquired about the regulations concerning agricultural feeding facilities in Trigg County.

“We received notice of this intention about the time of our last Fiscal Court session, and I have notified Magistrates Donnie Tyler and Lacy Bush about it, as they represent the districts to be affected by his plan,” said Humphries.

As of Monday’s meeting, Humphries said that between 275-300 names had been submitted on a petition in opposition to the poultry plan. “We know the opposition is due to the proximity of this property to homes, churches, cemeteries because of the odor associated with it.”

Tyler added that he had been given some signatures in opposition to the plan. “I’ve talked to some people in opposition to the plan. Some said that in Missouri, near poultry houses, when the wild blows, here comes the stink and the flies.”

“I live on 93, and my mother would be the closest neighbor to the poultry farm,” said resident Jim Finley. “On a hot day at the farm, they would need to use forced air to keep the enclosed area cool. That odor and air has to go somewhere. When the wind is right, that would be in my mother’s yard, my house or a neighbor’s. It’s like a chain. When it breaks, that’s where it will go. No good will come of it, and there is no economic benefit to the county.”

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