Neighbors Have Beef With Proposed Slaughterhouse

Neighbors Have Beef With Proposed Slaughterhouse

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A Hammond man wants to put a slaughterhouse and meat processing facility on a lot 80 Dubois Road in the town of Hammond. Nearby, 148 neighbors living in townhouses and camps signed a petition opposing it.

“We see it more than we like to in Hammond. You know, we've had issues in the past. We've had issues with wind turbines, we've had issues with sawmills. We now have this issue,” said Ronald Bertram, Hammond town supervisor.

Hammond resident Rhodes Davis owns the lot. He wouldn't go on camera but said he worked as a USDA meat inspector for 25 years. The town planning board gave him approval to build. But a lawsuit has been filed by three nearby residents against Davis and the town.

“That effectively stops the process now until a judge makes a determination,” said Bertram.

This lawsuit filed in Supreme Court in Lake County alleges the town planning board ignored state laws requiring detailed review and clear plans for how waste from the slaughterhouse will be handled. Davis said it contains errors such as distances to homes.

This controversy isn't likely to end anytime soon. When 7 News talked to Davis, he said he was determined to turn his plan for a slaughterhouse and meat processing facility into reality.

Those opposed to it are just as determined to go ahead with their lawsuit.

The town board will meet with its lawyer on the issue on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It plans to go into executive session to discuss next steps.

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