Feb. 11 Hearing to discuss hemp processing plant
The City of Molalla will hold a hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Molalla Municipal Court, 117 N. Molalla Ave., in the court room. It is in response to a significant number of residents' complaints regarding the odor, and to an extent the noise, coming from the Columbia Hemp Trading Company property.
At the same time, CHTC will provide testimony as to the complaints and be allowed to question residents. The city has been receiving odor and noise complaints from residents since early September, and although they tapered off a bit after Thanksgiving, they have increased again with the New Year.
Judge Any Lundfren will officiate. The public is invited to offer comments and testimony.
The city is investigating if the odor is offensive and how it affects Molalla residents' quality of life, public health and if there have been any financial impacts.
Those with complaints can sign up to testify outside the courthouse that evening or can email testimony to Julie Larson at [email protected] molalla.com. This is a chance for Molalla residents to voice their comments regarding the noise and the odor the plant emits.
The hearing will allow the court to consider if the premises or substances are in such a state as to cause an offensive odor, following Molalla Municipal Code Section 8.05.030.
This event will not hear anything about new city rules for such plants. Instead, there will be a work session in March to discuss such rules for any new plants that want to enter into Molalla.
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