Working group formed to define the baseline for odors

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – As Sustainable Beef LLC prepares to secure the proper permits to innovate, Mayor Brandon Kelliher wants to be proactive when it comes to locating odors.

This is one of the main concerns of residents since the project was launched almost a year ago.

City council voted this week to strike a deal with Foulweather Consulting of Hansville, Wash. To better detect industrial-type odors.

The agreement will assist and train 4 to 5 city employees to purchase and learn how to properly use the equipment.

Mayor Kelliher said the odor task force aims to establish an odor baseline to collect objective data for future odor complaints.

“Almost every problem I’ve had, every complaint I’ve had about having a beef factory in this part of town has to do with the potential for bad smells,” Kelliher said. . “It’s a way to tell for sure if the smell is coming from the beef factory, or a dog food factory, or a sewer lagoon, or whatever.” This gives us precise information so there is no subjectivity and there is no debate. What we do with it might be someone’s decision ten years from now, who knows? But we’ll have the information and it will be accurate and it won’t just be someone’s opinion, that’s what I’m looking for.

Kelliher said aside from the smell, the temperature and wind will also be sampled indefinitely at different locations in the community.

The deal will cost $ 6,000. The City hopes to start collecting data in March.

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