Cut to the Quick Take-Away > Disclose (and don't try to play stupid)
THIS IS 'THE MESA WAY OF DOING BUSINESS' . . . Your MesaZona blogger is thrilled this story is getting some sunlight thrown at it >
" . . . Official complaints about the plant, run by Vulcan Materials, to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department jumped from two in 2016 to 16 in 2017 to 135 in 2018, with 60 complaints in May alone. Nearly 100 neighbors are now part of a Facebook group about community health, with frequent posts about how bad the asphalt smells on a given day.
Much of their ire is directed not just at the plant but at the city. On June 26, during a public city-held meeting about their issues, dozens of residents grilled the mayor and city councilman Mark Freeman about why their homes were approved there in the first place.
Council's disclosure mentioned the plant, but barely, . . The disclosure, reviewed by The Republic, reads "hot mix plant" without the word "asphalt." . . . Officials from Vulcan and the county both pointed out that the mine may not be the only source of the residents' issues. Nearby are a water treatment plant, a city sewage lift station, Falcon Field Airport and the Loop 202. . .
Lehi Crossing sprouts up
Mayor John Giles was neither mayor nor a councilman when the city rezoned for Lehi Crossing. But now, he's entrenched in the fight, often copied in email complaints.
Members of the mayor's family live in Lehi Crossing. He said he understands the concerns raised by the community, but also said he believes people love living there, with houses "selling as fast as they can be built there."
Problems foretold a decade ago
" . . . Before the housing development, before the mine and even before Loop 202, there were citrus groves. Groves so celebrated they were deemed historic, some dating back to 1915.
In 2001, the New West Materials mine opened in the Lehi neighborhood. The mine and its then-owner, Pulice Construction Inc., came into Lehi with a $54-million contract to build a Mesa segment of the Loop 202 freeway. The mine would become Vulcan in a 2005 acquisition.
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