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Standing room only as Hamburg Planning Board discusses proposed asphalt plant

Posted at 6:22 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 00:07:05-04

TOWN OF HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Representatives from a proposed asphalt plant in Hamburg were at the Hamburg Planning Board meeting Wednesday night. Answering the board's questions regarding the proposed plant.

That plant would go on Camp Road. Over the past month, neighbors have packed two planning board meetings to rail against the plant. Neighbors are concerned about the environmental impact and the close proximity to schools.

Jessica Saur, a Hamburg resident, wore a gas mask to the meeting to make a statement.

“I have three young boys and having this come next door to us is very gut wrenching,” she said.

The Hamburg Town Supervisor has also announced his opposition to the plant, saying he could not "remain silent in the face of what may be a serious detriment to our community."

Corey Auerbach, who is representing AL Asphalt Corporation, said they have followed all the rules necessary to build the plant.

“We showed them how vehicles would traverse the site, which was a question they had, we provided answers to three pages of questions that the planning board submitted since the public hearing closed, we’ve provided them with 5 expert studies," he said.

Auerbach said would be open to filing a lawsuit if the site is not approved.

The planning board said it will be taking this up again on October 16th. The board is looking to hire someone so it can conduct it's own study, but says it doesn't know if the results will be ready by then.