WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A certain smell could put a business in jeopardy. That's according to Camp Tecumseh operators.
About 35,000 people come in and out of Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center in Brookston yearly. Camp CEO Scott Brosman said those visitors experience a program held mostly outside.
"We are the largest outdoor education program in the state of Indiana," Brosman said.
But Brosman believes that outdoor experience may be threatened by a proposed hog farm.
John Erickson wants to put the farm on a seven-acre plot that sits about a half mile from the camp off Springboro Road. First the land needs to be rezoned from agriculture to agricultural industrial.
Erickson's attorney Joe Bumbleburg said the farm will have two barns and house more than 9,000 pigs.
Bumbleburg said the farm is waiting approval from White County Commissioners.
"It requires of them to get a permit from IDEM, which they have, and to comply with the zoning and land use regulation of White County," Bumbleburg said.
Bumbleburg said White County Area Plan Commission Executive Director Joe Rogers told commissioners the plan comes with a favorable recommendation from the APC. White County Commissioners tabled the rezoing request at their June 17 meeting.
They anticipate a vote at their July 1 meeting.
Brosman said the smell is his main concern.
"It's an outdoor program," Brosman said. "We don't have the option of going inside and doing something different if we have a bad odor day."
What could be the camp's biggest problem is its location. Camp Tecumseh is in Carroll County. The proposed hog farm would be in White County.
"We're obviously not in White County," Brosman said. "But the fact that this operation is across the road could have a great impact on our business. It could really cut into our very existence."
Bumbleburg said the farm would have trees surrounding it to accommodate any concerns. Brosman said Erickson has assured him new technology will weaken the smell.
But Brosman said he won't know for sure until the farm is built, and he does not want to take that risk.
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