Dozens of residents have turned out to Stow City Council meetings to voice their displeasure with attempt to offer cremation services in the last few weeks and on Monday, the proposal was withdrawn from the city.
Here is a statement issued to the media from the president of the funeral home, Keith Redmon:
"We are not willing to subject the grieving families we serve to the planned activities that have been threatened, nor are we willing to jeopardize the reputation we’ve built over 44 years in this community.
Additionally, we appreciate the vast majority of neighbors and residents who support our efforts to further invest in and expand our services here."
During meetings many residents said they were concerned about the toxins being emitted into the neighborhoods. The funeral home located on Darrow Road is close to a residential neighborhood.
"Hearing these residents express their legitimate concerns has me leaning toward believing that allowing crematories in a residential area is probably not in the best interests of the city as a whole," .
What do you think of Redmon's decision? Are you happy, upset or indifferent?