Some 15 years ago Perdue wanted to build a pelletizing plant between Laurel and Seaford. The plan was to bring in chicken manure (Sussex County Gold) and turn it in to pellets to be used as fertilizer.
All Hell broke loose. I was Director of Economic Development pushing for the plant. We had seen a similar plant out west, no odor was present, all trucks covered so tight you couldn’t see what was on the trucks.
People squealed there would be convoys traveling through town, manure would be all over the roads, too much traffic on a 2-lane road, and of course the devaluation of properties surrounding the proposed mill. None of what was true of course.
People tend to distrust government, understandably so; the Town of Laurel held a public hearing. I never knew why because the factory was being built in the Seaford District and Seaford was satisfied with the proposal.
Laurel has never supported business, that’s why they are what they are today, so I wasn’t surprised. I took the hit for Perdue answering, or trying to answer the comments from the crowd. One thing I learned about public hearings is the anti-forces come out and those for the projects sit back and listen.
Plant was built, neighbors pleased and unless you know where the plant is you wouldn’t know it was there. Trucks, very few of them, the plant can only process a small amount per day and the trucks unload inside. Everyone happy.
Now Perdue has come up with another idea to process manure and turn that process into pellets at the Seaford plant. Guess what? Without knowing the facts people in that area are in an uproar again.
Believe me readers, I was involved in several building projects with Perdue when I was with the county and they never failed me. They are business people and they do it right!