Sherburne slaughterhouse revisited: Community to hear updates at Planning Board Tuesday

SHERBURNE—Yet another proposed slaughterhouse project eyeing a Town of Sherburne location is expected to bring standing-room-only crowds to next week's Town of Sherburne Planning Board meeting slated for this upcoming Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

With tensions mounting on social media and in-print, a number of residents and community leaders in the Sherburne area have been vocal in expressing their distaste for the project, and it's expected that— along with representatives and supporters of newly-formed Residents United Against Industrial Slaughterhouses (RUAIS)—several community members will be on hand to gain more information on the matter.

Already airing their grievances in-print though mailers and editorial submissions, a wave of fear and opposition has already been made palpable though the cropping up of yard signs that line highways in the town and along streets within the Village.

“Our position is that we [RUAIS] have multiple concerns about the development of this type of industry here in Sherburne, we fear that our community – both at the town and county levels – cannot can not support or sustain the type of strain a facility of this size would put on the system,” said Don Westcott of Sherburne, who serves as chair of the RUAIS organization. Westcott is a long time business owner and developer who currently operates West Lake Village, a retirement community situated in the village of Sherburne approximately a mile from the proposed slaughterhouse. Westcott spearheaded the watchdog group in reaction to an initial nod by All In Meats, LLC in early 2015; which he vehemently suggests was expedited through the Town and County planning boards.

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