A crematory is planned at Ivie Funeral Home on Booger Hill Road off Hwy. 29 just south of Danielsville, but numerous surrounding residents are adamantly against the facility.
Now, the issue will go to the county zoning board for consideration at the group’s 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21 meeting.
Madison County commissioners paved the way Monday for an appeal — and a possible rejection — of the crematory after hearing again from numerous upset Booger Hill area residents. Booger Hill Road resident George Strickland filed an appeal against the proposal Tuesday in the county planning office.
“I am filing this appeal to protect my family and citizens of Madison County from toxic incinerated vaporization that will be created by Ivie Funeral Home,” wrote Strickland in his appeal. “As well as to protect the value of Madison County property. I also would like to state that a crematory and the congestion that it would bring is not conducive to our residential area and never should have been zoned as such. After reviewing the actual facts, I feel confident that you will reconsider your decision.”
The BOC first heard pleas from area residents last week. And a large crowd packed the meeting room once again to speak against the crematory. The BOC also heard from Sammy Highsmith, owner of Ivie Funeral home in Commerce and Danielsville, as well as other funeral officials, who said the crematory is safe and well regulated.
“We wouldn’t put this in if we thought it was dangerous,” said Highsmith, who has provided materials to the BOC to show that crematories are safe.
Opponents reiterated complaints they had at last week’s meeting. The chief concern is about possible emissions from the facility. Neighbors worry that mercury and radiation will be released from burned bodies into the area, which they said is a nice residential area and not suited for a crematory. They said the facility should be located in an industrial area.
“The potential to harm our community is great,” said Pam Raines of Booger Hill Road. “There are plenty of crematories around. The only benefit of this is money in the bank for Ivie Funeral Home and that’s on our backs.”
Others spoke of the potential health effects on their children. And one Booger Hill Road resident talked about the questionable reputation Ivie Funeral Home will have after moving forward with a crematory against the wishes of surrounding residents.
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