Construction continues on the new Costco chicken processing plant near Fremont. The next step is finding people to raise the chickens for processing. One proposed location is north of Arlington in Washington County. That site borders Sarah Bosshart’s land and she isn’t happy about it.
Bosshart says the proposed farm calls for four buildings that would house 43,000 chickens each. She has a long list of concerns. Bosshart says, “It will bring down property values of the neighbors. Water issues. So many toxins from it. People are in fear for the health of their children. There is going to be increased traffic on our roads. it is so scary that they want to build it so close to town. I think it is 3.2 miles north of Arlington. I think 1 1/2 miles north of it would be Camp Fontenelle. I believe if I have my numbers right they have 8,000 children a year. Who is going to bring their kids out to a chicken farm.”
Bosshart pulled up a satellite map and estimates 80 to 100 homes and families would be negatively impacted by this farm.
Six conditional permits have been issued for chicken farms in Washington County alone. Along with the one north of Arlington there are two near Herman, two near Blair and one near Telbasta.
Bosshart says, Washington County does not gave zoning or ordinances to prevent any of these going in near homes, schools or anything. Yes we want to fight this one from going in because it is a populated area. However, we also want to fight for Washington County to get ordinances so the county isn’t going to have these chicken plants near housing developments.
The group continues to gather information and will present it to the Washington County Board at their next meeting on April 5th.