A disappointed neighbor


Roger LeBeau (right), shown here at 8-years-old on a Farmall H tractor at the intersection of Jones and White Oak Roads, June 15, 1957.


To the residents of Fayette County,

I am very disappointed regarding the hog facility proposed for Jones Road.

I was even more disappointed that even though Matthews doesn’t really know my daughter, Amy J, he assumed that this hog farm would not affect her. Matthews made a statement that my daughter does not go outside and she gets all she needs inside. That’s not true.

I have known Matthews for most of his life. My wife was Sandy Matthews, Duane’s mother, substitute mail carrier for our local Bloomingburg mail route in the mid-to-late 1970s. Back then we knew each other well enough.

My, how times have changed.

Today Matthews has such disregard for us as neighbors that where he is going to allow that barn to be built is in direct downwind, knowing that we have a handicapped daughter.

As for the manure, while myself and others thought it had to be knifed into the ground, I found out today that that is not the law. It’s recommended the manure be knifed in, but it’s my understanding it doesn’t have to be.

Part of the field where the manure is to be spread is prone to flooding which would very likely contaminate Compton Creek. The creek is just a few hundred feet from where the barn is to be built.

If the barn gets built, the community will be monitoring diligently all environmental aspects that could affect the surrounding area.

We have lived on Jones Road for over 45 years and having this mega hog barn spoil our pristine area in our twilight years is not what I want to be facing at this time in my life.

Matthews told Dan Drake and the newspaper that if he didn’t allow this hog barn to be built at this location there was a neighbor directly across the road that would do it. I contacted that neighbor Wednesday and he informed me that he had not been approached nor would he ever sell for a hog barn to be built on that property.

I realize that not everyone is going to agree with us on this hog barn being built, but for those in Fayette County that have faced a similar dilemma over the years, whether they won or lost, they will better understand what we are going through.

I would appreciate it if this barn could be built someplace else where they can do it without spoiling the environment for my daughter and the rest of the residents in this area.

Sincerely,

Roger LeBeau

Roger LeBeau (right), shown here at 8-years-old on a Farmall H tractor at the intersection of Jones and White Oak Roads, June 15, 1957.
http://recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_20160712_145129.jpgRoger LeBeau (right), shown here at 8-years-old on a Farmall H tractor at the intersection of Jones and White Oak Roads, June 15, 1957.
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