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Page 6A November 14, 2018 R porter I N LOVI N 6 Mildred 'Mitzr April 18, 1930- November 12, 2018 Forsyth - Mildred Inez Ard Brasher passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m Wednesday; Nov. 14 at Monroe County Memorial Chapd with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Monroe Memorial Gardens. Rev. Danny Parker will officiate. Mitzi, the daughter of the late Andrew Iackson Ard, Jr. and Frances Ruth Garret, Ard, was born April 18, 1930, in Forsyth. Her husband W. D. "Shorty" Brasher preceded her in death. She was a gradu- ate of Mary Persons High School, where she was voted "Miss Mary Persons". Mitzi retired from Carter's as a supervisor. Survivors include her children, Andy Walker (Phil), Iris Cawthon (Philip) and Cary Ray Brasher of Forsyth; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchil- dren. Please visit www.monroecountymemo- : to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapd has charge of arrangements. ? Continued from Front in a refrigerated area and will be picked up by a tracking company and taken to Dublin each week. Egloff said no liquid waste would be spread onto any field and said all waste would be dis- posed of in a large underground septic system. Egloff also prom- ised commissioners he would not have a retail store at the facility. District 2 commissioner Eddie Rowland, in whose district the proposed facility would be built, said he visited the University of Georgia cattle processing facility the previous day to investigate the matter. Rowland said the UGA facility's cleanliness is "un- paralleled:' Much to the chagrIn of some opponents in attendance, Row- land then proposed running county water lines to the facility, saying some of Egloff's neighbors could tie on as well. Commissioners then asked for proponents of the project to speak first. Only one attendee, River Overlook resident Glen Waiters, took commissioners up on the offer. Wakers, who owns River Place senior living commu- ni{T on lohnstonville Road, said he! provides three meals daily for residents and would welcome the opportunity to buy USDA- inspected, organic, locally-grown beef for his facility. About a dozen opponents then voiced disapproval. Montpelier Road resident Larry Letson, who owns property on losey Road adjacentto Egloff's tract, said Egloffhas misrep- resented the harm his project could have on nearby properties, adding a slaughterhouse is "not the community of the south." Letson said the facility should be considered an industrial business and should be built in an indus- trial area. Letson also said he had contacted the Georgia Environ- mental Protection Division's (EPD) Atlanta office and learned it Was unaware of Egloff's project. He added that the Georgia De- partment of Agriculture had yet to ign off on the project either and said Egloffwould be using a different well for his facility than the one the dairy used. Letson also said he was upset that Rowland had already offered water lines to Egloff, saying it appeared that the District 2 com- missioners had already decided howhe would vote in advance. losey Road resident John Lau- rence said it took commissioners 20 years to get county water to his home and said commis- sioners need to remember that citizens vote, not commercial businesses. Laurence told commissioners of the project: "Put it in your house,' Vaughn Road resident lames Vaughn, who owns 659 acres the county water system, vegeta- asked county attorney Chris- east of the proposed facility, tive buffers around the plant, no tian Henry, stepping in for Ben told commissioners he opposed large Signage, no future expan- Vaughn (who recused himself Egloff's request if commission- sion without another round of after his father lames Vaughn ers didn't put strict conditions public hearings and commission- notified the county about his on the facility. Vaughn also said ers' approval and, if sold, that the procedural concerns), whether he never received notice about new owner be held to the same commissioners could act on hearings on the matter despite conditions. Egloff's request in light of lames owning an adjacent tract to Hwy. 42 South resident ]ames Vaughn's daims that he had not Egloff's. Vaughn said he didn't Pritchett said he's never gotten been notified correctly. know why a large tract east of county water at his home and Henry replied that they could the proposed development was said he disapproves of putting the because Georgia state law does deeded to Egloffback in 2013 but facility in a neighborhood, not require sending letters to was never recorded in the county An angry Pritchett said to Row- nearby residents, saying that was records until Oct. 29, the date of land: "You're through, buddy" in done under Monroe County's the Planning & Zoning hearing reference to his future re-election ordinance, not state law. He said to discuss the slaughter house, chances, the state only requires publica- Vaughn later suggested tabling Pritchett added in reference to tion of the proposed changein the request until conditions the earlier denials of proposed the legal organ and the place- could be established. Bolingbroke-area projects: Give ment of a variance request noti- Hwy. 42 South resident Wayne us (FMnff neighbors) the same ]ones said even if commissioners consideration you've given south were both done. Henry said put conditions on Egloff, future Monroe County,' Vaughn's 600-plus acres are lo- commissioners could lift them. Several Egloffsupporters then cated farther than 250-feet away ]ones added that the Wilsons stepped up to defend against the from the tract being discussed were good neighbors when they attacks on the facility, anyway, which doesn't necessitate owned the dairy and said they Debra Drive resident Michele written notification, and said it often brought school children on Cooley said she thinks it's time wasn't as ifVaughn never knew field trips to see the dairy's inner for Monroe County to have a about the hearings because he workings, facility like this, saying farms that attended both of them. "We don't wanna take school are run deanly don't have an of- Emami then asked Egloff the children out to a slaughterhouse," fensive smell, size of the trucks that would be ]ones said. Lorraine Forest Drive resident hauling the animal renderings. Hwy. 42 South resident Terry Tracy Marshall said Egloff's plant Egloff said Griffin Industries Johnson said he's concerned that would be a service to other Mon- would do the transport but said the facility could harm the water roe County farmers. She also he didn't know whether it would table around it. Johnson also said noted that the tract is already use tractor-trailers. However, he he's concerned about the poten- zoned for agricultural use, not said cows would not be brought tial odor and pollution and said residential, to the site in tractor-trailers. studies indicate an increase in Monroe County commission District 3 commissioner John illnesses for persons living near chairman Greg Tapley then said Ambrose then gave Egloff his slaughterhouses, he was upset about Pritchett's support, saying he has a non- Clayton English Drive resident comment, deeming it an unfair organic slaughterhouse in'his Debbie Menard said she thinks attack on Rowland. Rowlandcommission district and said it commissioners had decided then responded that he brought does not create an odor At that in advance to support Egloff's up the possibility of extending comment, Montpelier Road resi- proposal. Menard cited an e-mail water lines to Egloffbecause dent Diane Letson asked Egloff she had received from District many of the complaints from to explain what "organic" means. 4 commissioner George Emami neighbors cited the amount of Egloffsaid he does not use exclu- that suggested commissioners' water Egloffwould use and how sively organic cows. He said in supported the measure, it would affect their wells, the case of his proposed facility, it Newton Street resident Roger Commissioners then gave means that all cleaning chemicals Jacobs said he doesn't think local Egloff a chance to answer the would be biodegradable. citizens will work at the facil- complaints. After a 10-minute break to ity, saying it "seems like a very In response to Letson's barbs compile a list of conditions, unpleasant job." about state officials being un- commissioners agreed on a Hwy. 42 South resident Reg- aware of Egloff's intentions, Eg- number of restrictions. Some of gie Thackston, who lives about loff said an environmental engi- these included: the drop-off of 600 yards south of the proposed neer is laying out the project and animals to occur three times per site, said he was representing said the Georgia Environmental week from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m the eight nearby families. Thackston Protection Division (EPD) won't number of animals processed not said he's not opposed to Egloff's sign off on the facility until the to exceed 30 per week; no on-site desire to build a slaughterhouse engineering is complete. He retail sales, a vegetative buffer, but said it was a bad location for also said he had been in regular no large signage, no spraying of it. Tnackston agreed with Letson communication with Georgiasludge, no expansion without that the facility was a better fit in agriculture commissioner Gary commissioners' approval and an industrial area and said build- Black and EPD representative that a new owner be held to the ing it on Hwy. 42 South sets a Audrey Dixon about the facility, same conditions. bad precedent for "degradation" Egloff then gave more specifics While Egloff agreed to the of a rural area. Thackston noted on t.he plant's proposed opera- conditions, several neighbors, that there are not enough similar tions. He said the state inspec- including Hwy. 42 South resident facilities in existence to truly tor would be on site three days Craig Martin, warred Egloffouly understand the environmental per week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m to be allowed to process cows. and traffic impact, which is the only time slaughter- Egloff, on the other hand, said he Thackston said if commission- ing could be done. Egloff added wanted goats, sheep or lambs to ers approved the measure, he the 8,000 square-foot facility, be processed as well, which com- had a number of conditions he located about 700 feet off of Hwy. missioners eventually allowed. wanted set. Thackston said he 42 South, would employ six to Egloff then agreed to several wanted no on-site retail sales, eight persons with salaries rang- other conditions. Monroe Coun- only the processing of USDA-in- ing from $30,000 to $50,000. ty zoning officer Anita Buice spected beef and the processing When it was commissioners'asked that Egloffbe required to of cows only, guaranteed usage of turn to ask questions, Emami submit to the county a monthly inspector's report log to ensure he is following the stipulations on the facility. Vaughn then asked that all operations remain exclusively on the 60-acre tract and not on the tract next to Vaughn's property. Before commissioners formally approved the conditions, Am- brose said he didn't think Egloff's 8,000 square-foot building would be big enough and suggested making it larger than the appli- cant had asked. He also said he thought Egloff should be allowed an additional hour for animal drop-off and had earlier said on- site retail sales should be permit- ted, saying he wanted to be able to buy Monroe County-raised 1 ,: q-u mments didn't go over well with opponents, caus- ir)g Pritchett to shout out: "You're an idiot, John" Another opponent, Hwy. 42 South resident Josh Ridley, was' more diplomatic, reminding commissioners they're elected to represent their constituents' needs. Riley said to Ambrose: "You're giving him more than what he's asking for" Rowland then motioned to E ' approve gloff s request with the established conditions, which was seconded by Emami. Before a vote was taken, Emami asked to address the public, say- ing he didn't like Menard ques- tioning his ethics. Emami, who said he didn't fully understand the pressures of being a commis- sioner until the Nov. 6 meeting, said he had to investigate the issue in advance of the meeting or he wouldn't have been able to make an informed decision. Emami did, however, deny that he makes decisions before hear- ing from both sides. Emami then commended Row- land for traveling to Athens to view the UGA plant. He said the attacks on Rowland weren't fair. "I don't know that I've met a more true-hearted individual" Emami said of Rowland. Emami, who labeled the testy six-hour-plus meeting "amazing government", then told oppo- nents he supported Egloff's re- quest because an animal process- ing plant fits with the agricultural usage of the tract. "If this is not agricultural use, I don't know what is;' Emami said. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans then chimed in that zon- ing is in place to protect other citizens' interests. He noted that when zoning was first established early in his commission tenure in 1987, no one wanted it. Tapley then called for a vote, and the measure passed 4-1. Tapley was the lone dissenter The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board previously ap- proved Egloff's request at an Oct. 29 meeting, but commissioners had the final say on Nov. 6. ) I q ,) d *!q vanced to a runoff, has returned to work there, county's 18,724 voters (69 percent) turning Long-time retired deputy Ronnie "]ocko" While Stacey Abrams is still contesting out to cast ballots. ContJ hoed from Front Evans came in third with 1,906 votes ( 15 Brian Kemp's victory in last week's election, MeMwhile, county voters overwhelm- percent), long-time deputy Stacey Penam- Monroe County went overwhelmingly for ingly approved a renewal of the Special Bittick, the 30-year-old son of long-time on came in fourth with 1,798 (14 percent), the former secretary of state, who stepped Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) former sheriff]ohn Cary Bittick, led all six Bibb County deputy Michael Bittick was down after the election. Kemp got 9,308 by a 62 to 38 percent margin, and joined candidates last Tuesday with 3,938 votes fifth with 1,568 votes (13 percent) and votes (72 percent) to Abrams 3,516 votes voters statewide in approving five new (31 percent), while Freeman, a long-time Troy Copelan was sixth with 343 votes (3 (27 percent), constitutional amendments. City and sheriff's office lieutenant, came in second percent). 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