Proposed CA-FO Could Cause Smelly Situation
"If it wasn't for tourism, this town [a state historial site] wouldn't be here. If it wasn't for tourism, this town would vanish probably," explained Al Gotmer, affected resident.
Residents like Al Gotmer say the proposed CA-FO at Dennis Gessling's farm, just under a mile away from his own home, is no good for him and the town, because of the smell.
"Who's going to want to come stay here and and camp outside. There's a lot of people that camp, have picnics, have a festival with thousands of people and a smell that you can't stand."
Gotmer isn't alone in that opinion. The town of Arrow Rock, in a unanimous vote, created a group called Citizens to Protect State Parks and Historic Sites. The impromptu group aims to create a five-mile buffer zone between all CA-FO's and properties like Gotmers - on a statewide level - to keep that nasty hog smell away from Missouri towns.
"There's a huge amount of volunteer effort, and that's where the power on this is gonna come from: individuals who say we care about our communities, we care about our state, we care about our health and we care about supporting genuine family farms."
Dennis Gessling, the owner of the farm that looks to build the CA-FO's, wouldn't talk to reporters this morning. But those that attended the meeting say he's listening to everybody's opinions.