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Redmon One Step Closer to Having Cremation Equipment

The president of the funeral home is requesting a zoning change to allow for cremation services at his Darrow Road location. Council will have the final say, but some residents are upset this may get approved.

City Council will have the final say, but on Tuesday the planning commission gave its unanimous recommendation to change the zoning code to allow for cremation equipment at funeral homes. 

This is the second time Redmon Funeral Home President Keith Redmon is pursuing this zoning change.  

Redmon pulled his request shortly after residents who live near his business attended a meeting and expressed their displeasure. 

“We have obviously looked into this,” he said. “We would not do something that we felt was dangerous to our neighbors, to our families and to our staff.”

Redmon assured everyone that his company would be following all mandated standards when it came to cremation services. 

Planning Director Rob Kurtz said he went to Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls with a member of the planning commission a few weeks ago.

“We didn’t even know there was a cremation going on,” Planning Commission Chairman David Kohlmeier said in an Ohio.com story. The only noise they heard was a small hum, he said.

Despite the planning commission's positive recommendation to council, residents near Redmon are still unhappy and voicing their displeasure. 

Jeremy McIntire, who lives across the street from the funeral home, said he isn't opposed to allowing cremation in the city, but he is opposed to having it close to his home. 

“I have no problem protesting this,” he said in an Ohio.com story

Council is expected to talk about the proposed zoning change Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Melissa Bysura October 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Of course the city should allow crematories within city limits. I don't even understand why we don't already?
Ed Fisher October 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM
After reading the article in the Sentry, it sounds as if Redmons immediate neighbors imagine Auschwitz is being built there ! Just a little research on the part of the concerned citizens should put their minds at ease, but it appears that they would rather act impulsively without knowing the facts. And yes, I live close by and downwind from Redmons. Pollutants ? Fumes ? Odors ? C'mon folks, do a little reading on the issue. Educate yourselves on the topic before you start protesting.
Roger C. Lash October 14, 2012 at 09:04 AM
Hot Air expert declares his superiority again ! Forgot to mention your sources ?
Ed Fisher October 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Lash, I don't know you but you seem to be quick to spout crap while hiding behind your keyboard. Whenever I research a topic for my own enlightenment, some lazyass nancy wants me to "prove it". OK, sonny, here's a start. Maybe you can crawl out and do some research for yourself someday. http://no2crematory.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/toxic_emission_from-_crematoriesenv-intl.pdf http://health.state.ga.us/pdfs/environmental/ChemHazards/Documents/CrematoryFS.pdf
Roger C. Lash October 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Nancy (Reagan) , remember Just say NO and the world will be a better place ! Enlighten the rest of us with your sources.

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