Springfield Residents Opposed To Asphalt Business

A new development could be on the way in Springfield, but many residents are fighting it.

A company is working for permission to build an asphalt plant outside the city, but neighbors are concerned with economic and environmental impacts.

From here, it's up in the air.

Car Weiss, a sculptor, runs Weiss Studios and Gardens out of Springfield.

He says it's a place where he can showcase regional art, but he's afraid that could be ruined.

“I just can't understand why they would want to go ahead and spoil what we're trying to do here,” Weiss says.

Dobson Bros. Construction, out of Lincoln, wants to put in an asphalt plant nearby.

Aside from Weiss Studios, many are concerned the smell could drive away business from Soaring Wings Vineyard.

Others are worried about losing property value.

Springfield Elementary is just over a mile away from the proposed site. Many are concerned about potential health problems for the kids.

However, Mayor Mike Dill says in Dobson Bros.' application for a conditional use permit, it's meeting all of the environmental requirements.

“They've applied for all of the proper permits, and so from our standpoint, it's nothing out of the ordinary,” says Dill.

As for Dobson Bros., it chose the location to better serve the Omaha area.

The proposed site is south of the city, off Highway 50, near the sewage treatment plant.

It says 50 is a great route for trucks.

Dobson Bros. adds the smell shouldn't be a problem, and it hasn't had any issues in other locations.

“Actually the location we're proposing to sit at, sits next to the waste-water treatment facility in Springfield, so I don't think we're going to cause more of an affect to the area that what's already there,” says Todd Schludter, the Asphalt Operations Manager at Dobson Bros.

Dobson Bros. says it hopes to clear up the misconceptions about the affect an asphalt plant would have.

As part of the conditional use permit, the asphalt plant would be in place for three years.

A public hearing is taking place on May 7th.

Dobson Bros. has asked for more time, so Springfield City Council isn't expected to vote on it until the 21st.

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