Meat plant’s operation meets with opposition

Jun 29 2013 - 12:15am

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LIBERTY -- Tuesday's Ogden Valley Planning Commission meeting became the scene of a two-hour debate between commissioners and residents over a meat-cutting operation that one Eden resident desires to build despite the objections of a group of neighbors.

Garet Jones, the owner of Prime Cuts, applied for and received a permit in 2011 to convert a building on his grandfather's property into a meat-cutting operation, dealing primarily with elk, which is considered livestock under Weber County law.

However, the objections of residents near the Liberty property, which covers 6 acres at 4181 N. 3800 East, led to the commission telling Jones to make changes before he was granted a

conditional-use permit.

Both sides of the argument emphasized the beauty of the community as factors in their opinions about the pros and cons of the meat plant's potential presence.

"Those of us that live in Ogden Valley do so because of the beauty it provides. To enjoy it, we need to enjoy all of it. Custom meat has always been a part of agriculture in Ogden Valley, and I have tried for two years now to do everything perfectly right to prepare for this," Jones said.

Some residents near the property did not agree. Topics discussed at the meeting and in letters sent to the commission include worries about dust from a gravel road Jones plans to add, the possibility of harmful liquid leaking from waste disposal trucks, and the school bus stop where children could potentially get in the way of those disposal trucks.

"We're afraid of the groundwater going into the North Fork River. There is not a septic system in this community that was built for blood, and I am not looking forward to trucks coming in and out of this little neighborhood," said Sandra Tucker, a resident who has opposed the meat plant ever since she heard about it.

Ultimately, the commission voted to approve it, with members Laura Warburton, Dennis Montgomery, Pen Hollist, John Howell and Ann Miller coming to the decision after two hours of listening to evidence from Jones and neighbors.

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