During the past several weeks, the City Council and community have participated in a public debate about whether or not we should allow a company the opportunity to come to Tremonton and construct a hog processing facility in the old La-Z-Boy plant. During this time, many citizens offered well prepared arguments supported both sides of the issue. We had a public comment period where people strongly voiced their opposition to having the plant locate in Tremonton.
Personally, and not as a member of the City Council, I was saddened that some residents that night expressed their opposition in such a way that many of those who were in favor of the project didn’t say anything because they were worried about being booed or jeered at. Some merchants who were there were afraid they might even lose valuable business if they expressed their favorable opinion. It was a public hearing where all opinions are valued.
I was surprised by those who made racial comments and slurs. They were insulting and offensive to me as well as many others. We are better than that.
We have now chosen not to bring this company to our community. My guess is that the La-Z-Boy plant will remain empty into the foreseeable future. In addition, we have other problems facing us. ATK has announced they will lay off more workers. Downtown continues to struggle and our jobless rate remains higher than the state average.
Most everyone agrees there is an urgent need for new jobs in our community.
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