Most Payne City residents and business owners want nothing to do with the MedSafe Plant.
Controversy surrounds the proposed location for the medical waste plant as it lands right in the middle of Payne City, near Freedom Park.
Ken Taylor threw up his hands and left the public meeting without many supporters. Taylor owns the property next to Freedom Park and hopes to move the MedSafe plant into the small town.
The plant will use chlorine to sterilize red bag waste from hospitals and medical facilities. Red Bag waste is generally defined as any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, it can include body parts, blood, and surgical instruments.
Residents and local business owners strongly oppose the waste plant moving in.
"People who come into this area and want to feel safe about their kids being here, just the idea of the plant will be enough to keep people away," said Sylvia Haynie, owner of the Academy for the Performing Arts.
Haynie was one of around 50 locals who brought their worries to the table at the public meeting. For Haynie not much was accomplished at the gathering.
"His (Taylor) attitude toward some of our concerns was a little bit flippant and somewhat disrespectful," said Haynie.
Macon City leaders showed concern about the plant location as well.
"We're very concerned about the trucks coming through Freedom Park and we're going to take some steps to prevent it from happening," said Macon City Council Member, Lauren Benedict.
"What we can do is we can limit the weight restriction or the weight limit on trucks that go through the Freedom Park Area," said Nigel Floyd, Macon Traffic Engineer.
Before the Environmental Protection Division issues a license to MedSafe the Payne City council members and the mayor must approve the project, the group plans to vote next Wednesday, September 7.
Sylvia Haynie is ready to do what it takes to protect her livelihood.
"We're eager to become involved in trying to stop what could damage our business so much."
Ken Taylor said the MedSafe plant would bring 8 to 10 jobs to the area, but most business owners at the meeting said the plant would hurt the overall economy.