Some protest against zoning change in Lordstown
A zoning request brought out some people who had complaints in Lordstown. They want council members to put off a vote at least until prior promises about the current plant are kept. The folks want the company to be better neighbors before another zoning c
A zoning request brought out some people who had complaints in Lordstown.
They want council members to put off a vote at least until prior promises about the current plant are kept.
The folks want the company to be better neighbors before another zoning change is approved.
Lordstown council voted in favor of changing the zoning from residential to industrial for around 35 acres of property.
That property where a second energy plant will be built is located next to the first energy plant located on State Route 45.
But at that council meeting a few people spoke against the zoning change.
Two of the people making complaints who live near the plant are running for office.
"Why was this not rezoned previously to the ground breaking ceremony. Isn't that the way things are typically done," Danielle Watson asked.
Watson lives near the plant and is running for election.
Another candidate who also lives near the plant says the plant creates a light and noise nuisance.
Mark McGrail says the company's promise that residents would hear sounds similar to a waterfall from the cooling towers are completely false.
"It's very loud and at times there are peaks in the sound, and there are also other times when they blow off, I don't know whether it's steam or gas, and those things always seem to come in the middle of the night when your trying to sleep," said McGrail.
He also complained about what looks like football stadium lights at night saying they need to be dimmed.
He and others want the company to stop clearing cutting trees and to create a permanent buffer zone since the trees help reduce the level of noise.
One man who has written letters adds residents complaints should never fall on deaf ears.
He told council and the crowd he sold his property because he was tired of the noise in Lordstown and he was tired of making complaints that have been ignored.
Mayor Arno Hill who has decided he will not be running for another term at his age, says it's important to let people voice their concerns and to address complaints.
"We are still going to listen to residents and make sure if there is an issue we are going to nip it in the bud," said Mayor Hill.
The changes will require two more readings or votes by council to pass.