North Road Citizens Concerned
I am one of many concerned North Road citizens worried about the Bruce A. Manzer asphalt plant requesting a permit from our Bethel town planning board to purchase a large parcel of property to run their plant on the North Road.
With a year of experience living near the plant, I know firsthand of the powerful fumes and smoke that come from this plant daily. There have been many days when the odor has been noticed on Mayville road as well as in town, as far as Sudbury Village on Evergreen Road.
I'm hoping the planning board will take the residence experiences into consideration and make a decision that works best for our beautiful tourist town, nestled in the mountains of western Maine. If this company is granted permission to run their plant in this area by the planning board, what will happen in the future if they operate and continue to create conditions that threaten businesses and poses health risks for homeowners and others using our recreational areas? What will we be able to do at that time? Who has the authority to regulate the way such an industry operates? What recourse do abutters and those living nearby or those with businesses dependent on clean, fresh mountain air to attract and keep their respective businesses humming have? Will surrounding residences be granted an abatement of taxes due to the pollution this plant continues to produce nearby?
These are very important issues that deserve answers in order to keep our town clean. Please, let's all work together on this very important issue.