Public forum scheduled on Tyson Food $320M poultry plant proposal in Tonganoxie

Protesters line the sidewalks in downtown Tonganoxie as Tyson Foods Inc., announced plans to build a $320 million chicken-processing plant near the town, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The plant is expected to employ up to 1,600 people, processing as many as 1.25 million birds per week (Peter Hancock/The Journal-World via AP)

TONGANOXIE, Kan. — Three state lawmakers who represent parts of Leavenworth County have scheduled a public forum to discuss a proposal from Tyson Foods Inc. to build a massive poultry processing complex near Tonganoxie.

The forum comes amid opposition to the plant from Tonganoxie residents. The $320 million plant is expected to bring 1,600 jobs to a town of about 5,000 residents.

Opponents say the plant could also bring smells, perhaps double the size of the school district and cause environmental problems. The Lawrence Journal-World reports residents also are upset that discussions about the proposal were kept secret until it was announced last week.

Sen. Tom Holland and Reps. Jim Karleskint and Willie Dove will co-host the forum at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cheiftain Park in Tonganoxie.

 

More

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:11

Man shot at Lawrence sports bar

A 33-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds that weren’t considered life-threatening late Saturday, apparently at Playerz Sports Bar at 1910 Haskell Ave. in... Read more

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:48

NFL Commissioner Goodell slams Trump for comments regarding...

SOMERSET, N.J. — The National Football League and its players’ union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners... Read more

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:35

Kansas celebrates 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

WICHITA — Kansas residents are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, which served as a cattle pipeline from ranches in... Read more

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 08:59

Topeka forecast calls for temperatures to dip early next week

Topeka’s National Weather Service forecast calls for temperatures to remain unseasonably warm this weekend before dropping early next week.... Read more