Hogs Raise A Stink

9 years 8 months 2 weeks ago January 08, 2007 Jan 8, 2007 Monday, January 08 2007 Monday, January 08, 2007 5:53:59 PM CST in News

Arrow Rock could soon be home to 4,800 more hogs. But as plans move forward for the expansion, some neighbors are still upset about the possible new arrivals.

Ron Rennolds moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Arrow Rock for a slower pace of life. He owns two historic homes and operates an insurance business in the old blacksmith building. He is concerned about plans to put a confined animal feeding operation close to town.

"This is going to be devastating to the town, my properties, the um, professional theater, Lyceum Theater of Arrow Rock, the Arrow Rock State Park," Rennolds said.

But the farmer expanding his operation on the land wants people to know he is doing what he can to make the operation safe.

"I don't know how it'll affect the town. I hope it doesn't. I've been here all my life. I'm not going anywhere, so I'm affected by it too if it affects something," hog farmer Dennis Gessling said.

Gessling has lived in Arrow Rock his whole life, and he said he doesn't want to see the town in trouble. The people in Arrow Rock don't want to wait to see how the farm will affect the town.

"We don't want the town affected at all. We don't see this as any benefit for the town, we don't see any benefit for the community or for Saline County," Arrow Rock Chairman Tom Beamer said.

The land is still undeveloped. Gessling is waiting for his permits from the state to go through. As long as the operation meets the regulations of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, there is nothing the town of Arrow Rock can do to stop the hog farm from setting up shop.

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