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Chase pellet plant receives support
While there didn’t appear to be anything controversial set out in the agenda, the village office was unusually full for the first council meeting of the new year.
The gallery was packed and the crowd overflowed into the lobby and office. The group had decided to come out after a recent showdown of sorts at the Jan. 7 committee of the whole meeting, between Coun. Rick Berrigan and pellet plant opponent, Joseph Thibeault.
Words were exchanged between the two regarding council’s decision last month to rezone the property on Aylmer Road from residential to industrial.
The crowd at Tuesday’s meeting, however, did not wish to criticize council.
Instead, the group wanted to represent those who support their decision.
“In this room today are people who have taken time out of their work day to be here. People who care about our future moving forward,” said Chase resident and business owner, Carmen Miller, as she spoke to council and gallery members.
Miller noted that they do not only support the rezoning of the land, but also the due process that is to be undertaken by any candidate who proposes to develop there. This includes having an environmental assessment of the possible impacts that a proposed project may have.
“We want to thank Pinnacle Pellet for considering this land and also in becoming a part of our community,” she said, acknowledging the time and money required to make this effort.
Murmurs of agreeable could be heard in the gallery.
“Economic development is necessary,” Miller said, “ It is vital for the continuation of a vibrant community, ensuring that the services we come to expect will continue.”
Miller explained to those present that development is a process that increases choices. This would bring new options, jobs, income and infrastructure.
Miller’s speech was met with applause, and council, including Berrigan, thanked her for her words.