BALLSTON, NY –Tuesday night residents in Ballston has their first chance to voice their concerns over a new asphalt plant that could set up shop in town. The idea of building an asphalt plant at the Curtis Industrial Park does not sit well with Dana Mahoutchian, who runs a daycare facility in close proximity to the proposed site.
"It's perception that you're near an asphalt plant," she said.
Dana is also concerned about the environmental impact. "Very concerned because we are out twice a day my concern is air quality,"
So many others like Mahoutchian voiced their opposition to the asphalt plant at a public hearingon controversial changes to the town's zoning laws that could pave the way for the plant or halt the project altogether. "Specifically this would ban an asphalt plant and heavy industrial except for what is already there," said Patti Southworth the town supervisor.
The zoning law would amend language saying only light industrial projects would be allowed within the town. "I'm concerned about zoning change because I want to have best water and best air in the area."
"I cannot believe the board is seriously considering this," said one concerned citizen.
Supporters say it will bring jobs and revenue to the area. If the town tries to prevent the plant from building through zoning restrictions it could also spell trouble for them in the future.
"I see no way they wouldn't take us to court should we decide after the fact we can't do this," said Southworth.
The town supervisor says a vote on the zoning changes is expected at the end of August.