Boonville Residents React to Lengthy Hearing on Proposed Chicken Farm

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A hearing for a proposed Warrick County chicken farm lasted until the roosters crowed Tuesday morning.

In the end, Warrick County Board of Zoning Appeals tabled the decision until next month.

Tony Parrish, a Boonville Resident at the meeting said “we were supposed to have 20 minutes each side, and they changed that, they said they could have more than 20 minutes per side and it ended up lasting ten hours.”

Ron Schmitt, another meeting attendee said “we heard the first side, the side for it, for 4 hours, and whenever the opposing side got to address the board, the board was already tired.”

Parrish says hes against the farm because of potential health, water, and property value concerns.

Protesters against the farm say while no decision has been made, the situation still stinks.

Parrish said, “with 2 million chickens producing 146 million pounds of manure a year, and they say it’s not going to stink, but I don’t believe that.”

And what homeowners worry the most, if the farm is approved, they say property values could be cracking like an egg.

Parrish said “we’ve seen anywhere from 20 to 40 percent. And if you’re right next to the property…nobody’s going to want to buy that house.”

The board will officially vote on the chicken farm next month.

If the plans are approved, Prime Foods officials say the farm will be built in phases, and local egg production will be years away.

Even if the board of zoning appeals approves prime’s request — the Indiana Department of Environmental Management would still have to give the okay.

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