SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – There’s still no red light or green light to build more slaughterhouses in Sioux Falls, including the planned $500 million Wholestone Farms plant, which plans to build six kill and process a million pigs. year
But by 23:30 everything was gradually pointing to green
At that time, the “slaughterhouse ordinance” led those who voted against the slaughterhouse ban by 54 percent to 46 percent.
At that time, 9 out of 71 votes were fully counted and 32 out of 71 votes were partially counted.
Of the approximately 30,000 officially counted votes, the “No” side had the most votes for the Wholestone plant to be built was more than 2,000 votes ahead of the Yes vote.
The contest has been heated for the past several months by a lawsuit against the city by Smart Growth Sioux Falls, the group behind the ordinance nearly two months before Election Day.
Three city councilors have campaigned against the measure in the past few days, including a joint interview with Dakota News Now, in which they accused Smart Growth Sioux Falls of being “clear on the facts” in the “Vote Yes” campaign. The Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce also publicly opposed the ordinance.
Supporters included 50 local businesses. Within them were several large businesses, the most prominent being biorefining company POET. That company donated more than $1 million to see the ordinance pass, the most money any person or organization has given to either campaign.
The “no” crowd — led by the Sioux Falls group Open for Business — has claimed throughout its campaign that “one person” is behind the ordinance. They never mentioned the name, but POET CEO Jeff Broin, who lives near the plot, was known to be the person.
A spokeswoman for Smart Growth Sioux Falls responded to Dakota News Now yesterday, saying the measure also has the support of 50 local businesses and 10,000 people who signed up to put the initiative on the ballot when only about 6,000 were required.
An ad campaign for the “Vote Yes” crowd argued that a Wholestone slaughterhouse would add unwanted odors to the air and pollute the Sioux River.
Wholestone executives and “Voice No” leaders countered by citing the $50 million in odor reduction technology the company will spend, and cited examples of what they called a state-of-the-art Wholestone facility in Fremont, Nebraska. according to them, it had no smell. They also said the Wholestone site’s half-mile proximity to a new wastewater treatment facility would prevent water pollution.
Proponents of the ordinance noted that Wholestone executives are only talking about reducing odors, not eliminating them.
The main rallying cry of the “Vote No” section is the message to prevent Wholestone and other slaughterhouses and meat processing plants from future companies hoping to start operations in Sioux Falls – that Sioux Falls and South Dakota are “Open for Business, if we don’t like your industry.” They also noted that the plant will create 1,000 jobs and bring millions of dollars in economic impact to the city.
The “Vote Yes” answer to that, led by Smart Growth Sioux Falls, was that many high-quality businesses, especially in the tech industry, have been driven by a community that decided not to have a slaughterhouse at one of its main gates. , will not be disturbed. from the city.
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