Kiger, Allen to hold Cameron town hall on poultry

CAMERON--State Rep. Lundy Kiger (R-Poteau) and State Sen. Mark Allen (R-Spiro) announced a joint Town Hall meeting to be held Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Cameron Civic Center, 101 Church Street in Cameron, on the school campus. 

This is a community meeting for anyone living in and around the community of Cameron and residents living on or near Old State Highway 112 toward Poteau. This meeting will focus discussions on 56 new poultry houses built or planned to be built within a 2.5-mile radius of each other that will potentially affect people, property values and the overall environment of those living in these areas.  

Kiger made the following statements: "Senator Allen and I strongly support the poultry industry and our family farmers, but most family farms have been smaller houses and historically consisted of approximately two to four houses at one farm location. This town hall meeting will allow more people of the areas affected to come together to hear updates and actions that have been taken to date in meetings with company officials, new farm owners, and state and county officials, and to hear from more people who live in this area on their concerns of such a large concentration of larger poultry houses being developed in such a small rural area. 

"With eight of the new larger houses currently operational, and 48 more being developed, people who've contacted me are afraid for their community or property being affected because of the smell, difficulty breathing, traffic or even being able to watch their children play ball without being affected," Kiger said, "If all 56 individual poultry houses are constructed, there's no doubt that air quality, water quality, property values, roads, highways and the overall quality of life for these people will be affected for years to come.”

Kiger said he's been contacted by over 125 people living in the area with valid concerns. With the upcoming meeting in Cameron, Kiger said there's a potential to have 100 or more people join this group who may have these same valid concerns.

Allen said, "I've brought state officials to the sites being developed, and on one visit one of the sites was completely under water during a rain. This gives me concerns of runoff into the streams, and I'm very concerned about air quality with so many houses being built in one small area."

To date, there are eight large houses located on New Highway 112 on the south side of the highway as you enter Cameron. Also, 16 more large homes are being developed on Red Barn Road with four built and four under construction southeast of Cameron. There are 16 large houses being developed east of Old Highway 112 near Castle Estates housing addition, and an additional 24 houses being built on Rabbit Road northwest of Old Highway 112 near Castle Estates housing addition.

"This Town Hall meeting gives the people living in these areas an opportunity to be heard and to ask questions," Kiger said.

Everyone is invited to attend. 

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