Proposed hog farm elicits squeals

US - A proposal to open a swine farm on land in Montezuma has been tabled for more review by the Montezuma Planning Board.
calendar icon 26 November 2007
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The measure will be discussed again at the Dec. 4 planning board meeting, said board member Marian Ellinwood.

Dairy farmer Richard Snyder has proposed opening a 2,000-head hog farm on Denman Road near East Loop Road. The proposal is opposed by a group called Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Montezuma and its organizer, Dan Randolph.

Randolph and his group wanted the Montezuma Town Board to issue a moratorium to stop the building permit process for the swine farm until an impact study about the farm was completed. The town board sent the request to the planning board for review.

Randolph said the planning board wants to review other ordinances in effect in other municipalities that deal with similar issues.

"They are looking for us to give them an ordinance that they can put into effect," Randolph said. "They want to look at the issue, research it and come up with an ordinance."

Ellinwood said David Axton, who recently won a seat on the Cayuga County Legislature representing the Montezuma area, also is helping out with the swine issue.

Axton said he is supporting Randolph's group because of the environmental impact the farm could have.

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