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December 1, 2016


Dear Friends:

On November 22nd    the Ottawa Herald published a legal notice concerning the request by Bettis Asphalt and Construction Inc., Topeka, KS, to re-zone a piece of property for the installation of a permanent asphalt plant at the intersection of 15th St. and I-35, on the southwest corner.  

The Franklin County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 15th, at the Franklin County Commission Meeting Room, Annex Building, 1418 S. Main, Ottawa, KS.  at 6:30 p.m.

I have spent time visiting with many of my neighbors, and community members.  We feel this plant is inappropriate for one of the three “front doors” of our community in Ottawa, KS.  We don’t feel this asphalt plant in that location would be good for the quality of life in our community with increased heavy-duty truck traffic, and also we have concerns about the possible health effects of the air quality from the emissions of the asphalt plant such as dust and dirt tracking on the street and interstate, along with fumes and odors produced from this type of industry.

Information from the Franklin County Planning and Building Dept. states this plant would only employ 3-5 people. The plant will stockpile materials to produce hot-mix asphalt.  The materials to be stockpiled are:  aggregate, (rock), sand, recycled asphalt millings, and liquid asphalt.  There will not be an office present at the proposed site.  With this business being a Topeka-based company we do not feel that there is much revenue to be generated for Franklin County or Ottawa, KS at this location.  

If you agree with our thoughts we would appreciate your help by attending the meeting on December 15th, at 6:30 at the above address.  We could also use your help by contacting the members of the Franklin Co. Planning Commission by phone, by email, or snail mail.  A copy of the Franklin County Planning Commission contacts is attached.  If you would like more information please contact the Franklin County Planning and Building Dept.

I hope you will research and act on this.  Thank you for your consideration.  


Sincerely, Heavy Big Truck Traffic, Pollution Air, River, Emissions,

Jeff Mourning 15th Street Traffic, Congestion, School Busses, Ambulances,

1224 S. Lincoln Low employment, Low income to County, Road Repairs,

Ottawa, KS  66067 Eye sore to a main entrance to city.  What are the benefits of

this plant to our area?