A neighbor of a proposed concrete plant in Franklin County would rather deal with barking dogs than noisy trucks.
Kelly Brothers lives in the 2700 block of Old Gray Summit Road, southwest from the site of a proposed Landvatter Ready Mix, Inc. concrete plant. Brothers said she and many of her neighbors oppose the plant.
“We don’t want these people right in our backyards,” Brothers said.
In February, Roger Landvatter requested a conditional use permit from the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission to build and operate a ready mix plant in Franklin County near Pacific. Landvatter was seeking to expand his Kirkwood-based business and tap into the Franklin County market.
Last week, property owner Lyndon Stelzer said if the CUP was rejected, he would move forward with plans to build a dog kennel. Stelzer owns Grand Haven kennel in Foristell and had plans to expand his business to his property in Franklin County before receiving an offer from Landvatter to buy the land.
Brothers said she would welcome the dog kennel.
“Dogs are going to bark, but dogs are outside yapping all the time anyway,” she said. “It’s a natural noise, that’s not some man-made noise.”
Additionally, Brothers said a kennel wouldn’t produce the dust associated with a concrete plant.
“It’s going to be a lot cleaner than a concrete plant would be,” she said.
Brothers said she has yet to hear support for the concrete plant among her neighbors. She said she’s lived in the neighborhood for 27 years and is considered a newcomer.
Brothers said most people have lived on Old Gray Summit Road for 40 to 50 years.
“We spend a lot of time outside, almost everybody on this road, and we’re not going to be able to do anything,” Brothers said.
Brothers said she has a list of issues she’s tried to get addressed. She has sent letters to members of the planning committee and County Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer.
“We’ve tried everybody we can try through the county, but no one will talk to us,” Brothers said. “No one will take responsibility and say, ‘This is in my area, I can help you guys, I can talk to you guys.’ ”
Brothers isn’t alone in her disagreement with the CUP request.
During February’s meeting the commission heard protests from a string of residents living along Old Gray Summit Road, the nearest residents to the proposed plant located just off Old Route 66/West Osage Street and across the street from the MoDOT facility near Pacific. The complaints ranged from noise to dust.
“We are a residential area, not commercial, industrial, whatever,” Phyllis Cook said at the meeting. “We do not need all of this dust and noise . . . This is going to disrupt our lives astronomically.”
The neighbors weren’t the only ones to object. In an open letter, Shaw Nature Reserve Director John W. Behrer said the nature reserve is opposed to the plant.
Behrer’s letter says the plant would be within 600 feet of Shaw Nature Reserve, within 2,400 feet of the reserves wetland area and within 3,600 feet of the Dana Brown Overnight Center. Behrer writes that all of these locations are regularly visited and will be impacted by the plant.
The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission is set to decide on the conditional use permit at the Tuesday, March 18, meeting.