Require Costco/Fremont to provide Impact studies before a public vote on poultry plant.
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As a Fremont area resident and homeowner, I'd like to see an impact study performed by a neutral third party. An environmental impact study should include pollution, watershed and air quality. The economic impact study should report the turnover rate and actual wage min, max and median at current plants. It should also include the impact previous plants had on property values in a 5 mile radius to said plants. Record of any past history of labor abuse and infractions for the management team of the new shell corporation created to protect Costco corporate, operating as Lincoln Premium Poultry should also be disclosed.
Additionally, it needs to be addressed exactly how Costco proposes to fund the additional needs for infrastructure, including roads, schools and water treatment since the 15 year TIF plan will keep them from paying the lion's share of those costs.
Once results are published for a minimum of 90 days, the public should have open forums and a voice in the decision on whether or not to welcome this business to our community. A special election could be held to allow us to decide what's best for our community. Not what's best for a chosen few with vested interests.
As things are now, the best interests of the people of Fremont are being patently ignored by our representatives as they railroad us into a long term relationship with another packing house business. One whose benefits are being grossly overstated, while the pollution, stench and outgrowth of commercial chicken farms attached to it are glossed over.
This is a decision that needs to be made by an informed public.
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