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Letter: Says crematorium 'not in best interests' of neighborhood

Published: December 9, 2012 12:00 AM

In 2008 Resolution

2008-162 was presented to and approved by the Stow City Council. They were rightfully concerned about the fine particle pollution that would be generated by the Mittal Steel Cleveland Works more than 30 miles away. Several current members and the mayor were members of Council at that time and we applaud them for their concern.

At several recent Council meetings, concerned citizens have expressed the very same concerns about fine particle pollution and vaporized mercury that will be emitted from the Redmon Funeral Home should their request to install a crematory be granted by our City Council. Council is being asked to show the same concern for residents that they demonstrated in 2008 as it related to a steel mill operation that was 30 miles away. Redmon Funeral home is in the middle of our city, as well as in the front and back yards of residential neighborhoods.

At two separate meetings, the Redmons have stated that they cannot guarantee that a crematory will not negatively impact our property values or adversely affect our health. On Oct. 22, Council's Planning Committee invited Duane LaClair from Akron Regional Air Quality District. Council asked him about the danger point for mercury. Mr. LaClair compared it to asbestos saying no specific level would be labeled safe.

The Redmon Funeral Home is certainly a respected and beneficial part of our community. However, I believe a crematory on their current property is not in the best interests of their neighbors as evidenced by the above and countless other research studies about particulate pollution. This issue will be discussed at the Dec. 10 meeting of our Stow City Council at 5:30 p.m. Please plan to attend and express your concern for the quality of and respect for our neighborhoods and our health.

Michael J. Kosmach, Stow

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