Confusion Over Asphalt Plant At Springfield City Council Meeting


There was a lot of confusion at the Springfield city council meeting Tuesday night.

Residents gathered in hopes to voice their opinions over a possible asphalt plant permit.

It's a proposal that has many residents up in arms. Sharon Shaw, the owner of Soaring Wings Winery, remembers when she was first told about the permit request.

"Wow, this is bad, this is bad, because an asphalt plant near a winery is not good, not good," said Shaw.

The company is Dobson Brothers Construction out of Lincoln. They put in a request to obtain a permit a few weeks ago. The proposed location is only a few acres away from Shaw's Winery.

"I see it affecting our business greatly," said Shaw.

So like many Springfield residents, Shaw packed into the usually sparse city council meeting Tuesday evening.

But to many's surprise and dismay, Dobson Construction asked for a continuance.

After much discussion, the continuance was granted in a unanimous vote.

"I think the decision was made before the meeting was even started," said Scott Daly, Springfield Resident.

Dobson Construction told city council, their reason for not being present was they wanted more time to speak with residents of Springfield. News Channel Six reached out to a Dobson Construction representative, but they declined to give a verbal or written comment.

Shaw confirms they stopped by her winery on Monday. But no measure of convincing will sell her on this new idea.

"They understood our concerns and they listened, and we let them know, that we weren't going to for this at all," said Shaw.

The actual vote will take place May 21st.


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