DOLGEVILLE - A small group of people read a letter to Dolgeville Village Board members on Monday night worried about a meat processing plant possibly moving into a business park in Herkimer County.
The group, called "NO Slaughterhouse for Dolgeville," read a letter to the Dolgeville Village Board expressing their disapproval of the possibility of a meat processing plant coming to the Manheim Business Park on Barker Road. They said the plant would be in close proximity to homes and they worry about traffic congestion.
The Executive Director for the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency, John Piseck, said the 30 acres of the business park is zoned for industrial use which could include a meat processing plant. Piseck said the state granted $1.8 million to install a water tower that will be used in the park and throughout the village. A new sewer system will also be installed.
"They (the IDA) are very vocal about it being zoned for a meat processing plant and we are very much opposed to that because the proximity of the park to the village is only 500 feet away," said Caryl Hopson, who spearheaded the "NO Slaughterhouse for Dolgeville" Facebook page.
Piseck said they would be happy to get anyone in the park. "With it being permitted certain ways, those kinds of companies tend to take a look at it, but I have no signed documents I have nothing from any company that's ready to move in there as of today."
Tuesday morning, Piseck reached out to NewsChannel 2 with a follow-up statement:
"The Herkimer County IDA is actively marketing the 30 acre park located in the town of Manheim which we have owned for the past 20 years. The park is located in an industrial zoned district that is permitted meat processing. We have spoken to several meat processors and to date do not have a signed agreement from any of them. The region has a great need for this type of business. Any facility built would have to meet current USDA standards."
Piseck said Monday night only one company has signed on to move in - a storage facility for a local manufacturer.
Hopson said she would like the public to have a say in businesses that plan to move into that park.