Should Redmon Crematorium Plan Go up in Smoke? (POLL)
Critics of Redmon's proposal to add a crematorium say it presents potentially serious health risks, while proponents say they've been a good neighbor and will use it responsibly.
Redmon Funeral Home wants to add a crematorium to its services, and the thought of living next to or near it has several Stow residents up in arms.
At Monday's city council meeting, several people spoke out against the addition of a crematorium, saying it poses potential health risks to children, the elderly and pregnant women. Others said Redmon is a good neighbor and will handle the service with care and caution.
City council will make the final decision at Thursday's 7 p.m. council meeting.
We want to know what you think. Tell us in the comments below and take our poll.
Here's what people on Stow Patch's Facebook page and other articles are saying:
Geoffrey Besso I support it. Look at the data. Interview people in communities that have it, they probably don't even know they have one. I'd love to see some reporting on the matter, to help inform people.
Jessica Dickey I grew up by a crematory and lived next to one for 6 years. People threw a huge fit in Kent when they were trying to put one in. Once it went in, I never heard anything about it again. It never bothered me when I lived next door, no smell or tons of smoke. You only knew it was happening if you stared at the roof and watched for it.
Heather Beale DeSessa I don't see an issue. Do the residents think the bodies will be in a backyard bonfire behind Redmon? Come on, there are boatloads of regulations they have to abide by. I hope Redmon gets approved.
Larry Kinnan I encourage everyone to make their views known to the Mayor and Coucil members before or during Thursday's meeting regarding this issue. It is clear that there is significant unknowns regarding the impact of allowing the addition of cremation services to the surrounding area and is adjacent to a residential area. Contrary to Ms. Hanson's statement that residents want 100% assurance of safety, it is clear that there are still too many unknowns to justify the change being requested at this time.
Ed Fisher My biggest concern here is the almost instant opposition to this project. My online research reveals that crematoriums are becoming commonplace in this country, and the technology connected to these facilities render them relatively harmless to the environment. Now, that being said, I don't particularly care if the crematory is built or not. But I am worried that we, as a city, must be completely sure of what's on the table before the hysteria sets in. Business interests in any city must get a fair shake, based on facts alone. The notion (implied) of human body particulates and mercury permeating the skies over Stow are not based in fact. If this business opportunity is to be denied, it must be done without the doomsday narratives and "sky is falling" rhetoric.