The proposed Costco Chicken Processing Plant has been given approval to expand their original plans for the facility near Fremont. The larger plant design layout would require public utility improvements that include 3.6 miles of electric service lines, 1.5 miles of water lines, 3.2 miles of gas lines and 4.5 miles for the sewer expansion.
Fremont Mayor Scott Getzchman says, “Costco has basically done their due diligence. They revised their plans. Their plans got larger and with that the price tag got larger.” He says he was informed by Costco officials that the larger plans for the plant take into consideration previous requests of citizens.
Many opponents spoke at the council meeting last night. One woman stated that Fremont is not the winner when it comes to the facility or the expansion. Another resident was concerned about the potential of nitrates and other dangerous materials getting into the water system. City officials did request more information on the possibility of dangers from water runoff. They also promised citizens that all their questions would be answered in time.
The price tag for the plant is $275-million and company officials say it will create up to 1,000 new jobs.