Truck traffic, pollution and an abundance of light and noise are among the concerns Chase residents have about a proposed wood-pellet plant setting up shop in their village.
That said, more than half of the 100 people who attended a council meeting Tuesday night appear open to the Pinnacle Renewable Energy project, said village CAO Joni Heinrich.
“From what we gather, 60 to maybe 75 per cent of the people seem quite receptive,” she said Wednesday. “There are a few people who stood up and said, ‘What about the noise, what about the truck traffic?’”
Representatives from Pinnacle pitched the $40-miilion facility to mayor and council before taking questions from a packed house at the Chase Community Centre. About 15 people asked questions of the delegation.
Residents get another chance to raise concerns during a public hearing at the community centre on Oct. 1. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
“We want as many people to come out as possible — positive and not positive,” said Heinrich. “That’s the next big step.”
Heinrich said Pinnacle must also pass an environmental assessment.
The location on Aylmer was industrial land for the better part of a century. A sawmill and cement plant once called the property home.
An official with Pinnacle could not be reached for comment, but CEO and president Leroy Reitsma told The Daily News last week the plant would employ 25 people directly and provide about 15 offshoot jobs.