Not backing down on Allen/Harim

October 4, 2013

Listen to the session of kangaroo court, which can be heard in the minutes at

There were no unsigned letters of opposition. I know this for a fact, because we walked around door to door. As for the ones that were not signed, that is because they had an option to send them electronically thru the internet, so therefore, they would not be signed! Duh!

We paid for copies of everything that was sent to the Board of Adjustment, and went through it ourselves, as well as the BOA. The letters were all signed. We turned in 211 signed letters in opposition - not to mention the ones that were sent electronically.

How can the BOA come to an informed decision to allow this permit, when out of the 10 submitting agencies, only four of them replied back. In their reply, they commented on Vlasic/Pinnacle not Allen Harim because no plans have ever been submitted.

There again, we know this for a fact because we have copies of all the submitting agencies' letters. Why wasn't one sent to The Depart of Health and Social Services? Our health is at risk because it is now considered a Brownfield. It is contaminated with carcinogens, high VOCs, and chromium, which was found on-site in their wells and soil samples, which was provided by BP Environmental Inc.

I might add, in their application for the brownsfield, they lied because they have had numerous violations, and there again, I know this for a fact, because we have the papers to prove this.

Therefore, an assessment/or impact study should have been done before making a decision. There were hundreds of homes here way before Vlasic/Pinnacle was established in 1972. Since that time, their has been a 38 percent increase in new homes and communities bordering the property. You would think this would change the zoning from Heavy Industrial to Residential!

Do we trust the agencies to ensure our safety? Heck no; we trusted them in the former Vlasic/Pinnacle Plant and look where that got us, a brownfield!

Cindy Wilton


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