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Penfield residents petition over foul smell
Penfield, N.Y. Some residents of Penfield who felt their complaints werent being heard presented a petition to Town Board members Wednesday night.
Residents who live on Parkview Drive behind Baker Commodities, a rendering plant that converts road kill and waste into biofuel, have complained about a strong stench that has gotten worse each year.
Some of the residents presented the petition with 136 signatures and addressed their concerns with board members.
Among some of the things residents are asking the board; an evaluation of the plant from an independent expert, and testing the plants emissions to determine why the smell has gotten worse and how to fix it.
Overall, residents say they understand this plant has been around for years but would like to ultimately have the odor level return to what it was between 1997 and 2005, when there were no complaints.
They're also asking for more transparency.
They want to be involved with meetings that take place between the town, D.E.C. and Baker Commodities.
Im not here to defend Baker Commodities and Im not here to go against my neighbors who are here to say they are against it. The thing is its a business. It was there 100 years ago, it was there before we moved into the neighborhood and I think a lot of people who move into urban communities think they can rule whats there before they come there, resident Bernie Knoeferl said.
I dont think that because Baker was there before us that we dont have the right to say that our quality of life is not important and I think my kids deserve to walk outside and smell clean air, resident Mike Kamp-Schneider said.
Residents would like to meet with the D.E.C. and the town board to discuss the petition and look at what's next.
The Town's Supervisor, Tony LaFountain seemed opened to that idea.
13WHAM will continue to follow this story and let you know how it progresses.