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Are you in favor of the construction of an asphalt plant near Reedsville?

  1. Yes, the facility could help bring jobs to the area.
  2. No, there are too many potential drawbacks to such a facilty in the area.
  3. I need more information before I can make a decision.
  4. It doesn't matter to me.
 
 
 
 
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Mt1960

Jun-09-14 3:28 PM

Jennings- you obviously are not reading posts as this will not bring jobs or help the community. Other industries may, but this will not.

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Jennings

Jun-06-14 9:36 AM

I just heard from a friend that everything will be approved with the plant moving in. I hope it's true!

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Jennings

May-29-14 3:23 PM

I'm not visiting your home mihenry. I will be at the next township meeting though to voice not only my support but the majority support of this county FOR the plant. I encourage everyone to do the same. It's time for our majority voices to be heard, not just the voices of the few against it because it supposedly affects their perfect little existence. I get accused of being uneducated and misguided, but I didn't build or buy a home in an area where this was not only possible but EXPECTED. If this was a shopping center or a movie theater or a restaurant, nobody would complain. SUPPORT THE AREA. SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY. SUPPORT THE PLANT!!

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mihenry

May-29-14 10:49 AM

The reality is Mifflin County needs jobs, so far this poll shows that people want more jobs; not necessarily an asphalt plant but jobs. That's in part to how the Sentinel created the poll, almost in such a way it would be far offed to think Hawbaker paid for the poll. But what Mifflin County and Reedsville needs is to bring in the right business to bring in the right jobs. We need business to come in that would bring in additional jobs, not relocate them and the right business to bring in more than a couple of jobs. Looking at the businesses around the proposed location, every other business around is staffing more than 6 employees. There's other business that truly could move into the community forward and still provide not only NEW JOBS, but MORE THAN 6. Lets bring the right jobs to our area, the jobs that create home owners and help our community grow instead of an asphalt plant that would cause that growth to not only stop but decline.

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mihenry

May-29-14 10:31 AM

MT1960, Scoter24, Marylouquinn all have valid points, this poll in its entirety comes off as biased or for the asphalt plant. For one, anyone involved or has attended these zoning board meetings would know that when it comes down to it, NO NEW JOBS WILL BE CREATED. There is no job creation when one plant is being SHUT DOWN in favor of a new plant to open and the staff are simply relocating to the plant.

Nevermind the current plant is less than 10 miles away from the proposed new location and the current plant does not have the number of residents or homes as close as the proposed location.

And Hawbaker's justification for this is for natural gas, the same natural gas that they can spend less money to have it ran to its current location. They talk about it being more "efficient", commonsense would tell you that "efficiency = fewer staff needed"

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mihenry

May-29-14 10:18 AM

Jennings, i see you're still trolling this poll. I think you're a little off with "whiny rich people" comment. The residents surrounding where they would like to put this asphalt plant are doctors, nurses, teachers, business owners and veterans. Lets not forget the townhouses and elderly community in Carriage Crossings.

I by no means am whiny or rich. But what i am is a veteran who has sacrificed a lot and continue to make sacrifices to provided for my family and my investment. I speak-out against this to protect my family, neighborhood and investment. I have fought for both of our rights to express our position on this matter, even if your may be misguided and uniformed.

But again, i've already provided you with my address and extend my offer to be a guest within my home to discuss this further and to truly see how this would be detrimental to our not only our way of life but our community at large.

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Indian98

May-29-14 10:10 AM

I don't see how living 100ft from a highway is considered a peaceful country setting since you can throw a stone and hit most of the houses from 322 but that's not the point. I guess the people that built homes in that area should have done a little research before spending money to build next to an industrial zone and complaining when something that's good for the area moves in. What's next are they going to have to move the other businesses in that area because they don't benefit you? Should we have them move 322 as well since it is creating too much dust and noise for your liking but you were dumb enough to build right beside it anyways? Should the farmer stop running his tractor and spreading manure because it's too smelly for you? Point is you don't get to pick and choose what goes in and what doesn't just because you like or don't like it. If you are lucky GOH will reimburse you the lost value of your properties but before you purchase your next home do a little research first.

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ConcernedCitizen

May-29-14 7:16 AM

I’m not a resident of the area but have been looking to build within 100s of yards from the proposed location is. I’m in the medical field and travel between State College and Lewiston frequently, so I chose this area as a good central location between the two. Originally being from city, I wanted a quite country setting which makes this area perfect. I looked at several building locations, a couple actually in this area and had decided on one. Unfortunately, the potential of an asphalt plant isn’t something I’m willing to invest in or live with. In my opinion it doesn’t seem to be a responsible decision by the Hawbaker and I hope for the resident’s sake, I pray the township makes the responsible call here. If not, this plant will forever leave a stain on the area, one that will slowly deteriorate the area. What really upsets me is that after visiting a several lots to build on in this area, my relator didn’t mention anything about the asphalt plant.

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Mt1960

May-29-14 12:34 AM

I feel the sentinel did a poor job of posting this question. It leads the voters to believe that jobs will be created by this plant. This causes voters to be biased in their voting. I drove to an area in Centre County and it reeked of a fume type substance. I found out I was near the asphalt plant there. I chose this area because of the quiet and beauty. There are other areas where the truly rich person who wants to put the plant in can build and not affect communities. This plant does not belong near any community regardless of how wealthy or poor.

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Jennings

May-28-14 1:18 PM

Tourism in Mifflin county is not limited to farmers fields near reedsville. The only reason this is a problem is that the "beautiful sights" being bulldozed are the ones seen from the houses of a bunch of whiny rich people. I'll make a proposition to those in that neighborhood. When the plant moves in anyways despite all your efforts, I will come look to buy your house for a tenth of the price you paid and still be happy providing a nice house and neighborhood for my wife and children.

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2theBeach

May-28-14 11:11 AM

I do not live in the Reedsville area, but I appreciate the beauty of the Big Valley Area. I have been following this closely, as should every Mifflin County resident. This is NOT the place for an asphalt plant. It will NOT bring new jobs and it will destroy the beauty of the area. There are many Centre county residents that would like to migrate to the Reedsville area. They certainly won't want to migrate to an area where there is noise, dirt, and the smell of asphalt polluting the air. New residences will boost the tax coffers! This should be the focus! This is not just a problem with the residents of the neighboring development. This is a problem for the entire Reedsville community. Urge the Zoning commission to vote NO!

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Jennings

May-24-14 5:32 PM

In one sentence you say you'd fight an asphalt plant anywhere. In another you say to put it in the industrial park. Only a leisurely drive would show you how many people live close to the industrial park too. I guess you in your big fancy expensive house are just better than all of us? We deserve to have an asphalt plant in lewistown because we can't afford to live in your big expensive neighborhood? Speaking of which, why would you ever post your address on the lewistown sentinel website.

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mihenry

May-24-14 2:07 PM

Jennings, since you're so for this Asphalt plant I would like to invite you to my home to see how close the asphalt plant would be and to discuss this further.

I'm located at 67 Tilbury Lane, Reedsville. If you have a hard time finding it, it's the house with the 3 car garage. Don't forget to ring the door bell.

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mihenry

May-24-14 2:04 PM

Jennings, you are right I do live close to the projected area. However, It would not matter where this asphalt plant was going I would be as vocal as I am today. There is a place for everything and an industrial park is the appropriate place for an Asphalt plant. It doesn't take a genius, just Google to find out Asphalt plants aren't squeezed in between residential area. It doesn't matter if it's going to a neighborhood where homes range between a quarter million to a million dollars (like we have here) or an a low income housing area... It is still not appropriate.

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Jennings

May-24-14 8:18 AM

Scooter proved my point. All I hear is "It has to be near people somewhere, just as long as its not me!"

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scooter24

May-24-14 1:58 AM

As one of those in a neighborhood close to the plant (100 yards)those who say they favor it apparently did not attend the hearings or visit an operating plant to see the impact. NOT A FEW HOMES. Smell will be carried by wind to Church Hill and beyond. If property values drop who will pay more in taxes ? YOU WILL. Get the facts. 6 jobs is no economy boost. Put it in the industrial park or naginey not among homes

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marylouquinn

May-23-14 10:43 PM

Hawbaker stated that the asphalt plant that they hope to put in Reedsville will provide SIX jobs, and that most of them would be internal transfers!!! Please bring in something that would give many people in our county a job!!

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Jennings

May-23-14 5:10 PM

I can see you must live out there, mihenry. I can see your point of view. Except for the part about being one of the most prominent neighborhoods anyways. But what I am wondering is this. If this wasn't near your home but still in Mifflin county, would you be as vocal in your disapproval? My vote is that you would either not care, or you would support it.

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Jennings

May-23-14 3:17 PM

Look sonny, the business owners are local, so if the money goes into locals pockets, it stays local, growing the local economy. It don't take no math genius. I feel like the only ones whining about this are the ones that will have their view disrupted by an asphalt plant. Again, sacrificing the luxuries of a few to benefit the whole community is a worthwhile cause.

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mihenry

May-23-14 2:42 PM

With just a little research, it’s easy to see that asphalt plants are notorious for destructive impacts on communities and the environment. This something that will have a lasting impression on generations to come, something that won’t be able to be undone. Something that is not worth boosting the pockets of Glenn O. Hawbaker, Smeltz and Aumiller, or Mike Watson.

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mihenry

May-23-14 2:41 PM

All of this for the potential of boost in economy? Where is that boost in economy after the plant is built? Jobs aren’t created when employees transfer from 5-10miles away. How is the economy going to be boosted residents property value is decreased? How is the economy going to be boosted when current residents leave and no one wants to next to an asphalt plant? How is the economy going to be boosted when other business decide to bring their services or business to an area that has an Asphalt plant? How is the economy boosted when the asphalt plant becomes a stain on Big Valley tourism?

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mihenry

May-23-14 2:41 PM

As a local resident that its family will be impacted by this, it is much more than a matter of inconvenience. Asphalt plants impact the environment negatively from increased polluted dust, increased noise from the day to day operations, and the toxic emissions. Not to mention the increased traffic on an already busy road and the decreased property value in one of the most prominent neighborhoods I not only the township but the county.

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Jennings

May-23-14 1:42 PM

If inconveniencing a few residents is the price we pay for a boost to the local economy, then so be it. Nobody wants this in their back yard, but then again it won't really be right in your back yard.

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mihenry

May-23-14 12:49 PM

Before voting, please ask yourself if you would like an asphalt plant in your back yard. This is the problem that 100s of residents that this asphalt plant will surround are facing to including the Elmcroft Senior Living center.

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mihenry

May-23-14 12:44 PM

The title of the plant is incorrect.

Based on the current plans, this plant will located IN Reedsville right of 655 between two residential developments.

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