Frankfort planning board meets with meat processing plant company


FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Officials from Full Circle Packing, the company that hopes to build a meat processing plant in the town, met with the Fankfort Town Planning Board, Wednesday night, to find out if they needed any special documentation before they prepare a site plan for submission.

The $18 Million dollar plant is proposed for the business park on Higby Road off of Route 5S. Several members of the public attended and spoke out, expressing quality of life concerns.

Residents Sal Stokes and his wife Karen, both attended the meeting. They live on Higby Road adjacent to the property. A few of their major concerns are the volume of traffic, foul smells, and a possible decrease in property value.

"I'm all for economic development. I'm all for people getting jobs, but I don't like that particular type of business," said Sal Stokes. "I think it would discourage all other businesses from moving into the business park too."

Officials said residents don't have anything to be worried about.

"Modern day meat processing plants are under very strict controls by the U.S Department of Agriculture," said John Zielinski CFO for the Full Circle Packing. "It effectively prevents or addresses all of the concerns with smells waste removal and transportation."

The next step for the project, Zielinski said, is for the organization to present an application for a site plan to the town board and then it goes back to the planning board.

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