There is a local land owner who is trying, for the second time [Oh great! Another LeVan!] to construct a giant chicken farm on Mummasburg Road just east of Herr’s Ridge Road. There are arguments for and against the farm. Below are some.
Pro: A few people will be hired to help maintain and run the mega chicken factory.
Con: A few people will be hired to help maintain and run the mega chicken factory.
Pro: Chicken prices will go down in Adams County Markets.
Con: Chicken prices will go down in Adams County Markets.
Pro: No more scraped bare fields on the turf farm.
Con: No more beautiful turf on the turf farm.
Pro: No more attempts by the school board to build a world class football stadium down wind.
Con: No more attempts by the school board to build a world class football stadium down wind.
Pro: Traffic will improve in town with the drop in tourism from the smell blowing through town.
Con: Traffic will improve in town with the drop in tourism from the smell blowing through town.
Pro: Breezes always blow around Gettysburg and the Battlefield, coming down from South Mountain.
Con: The farm will be upwind from the Borough and the Battlefield.
Pro: The owner of the property will make tons of money off the farm.
Con: Real Estate downwind will lose value. Merchants will lose business from the drop in tourism.
But hey! One man will make a lot of money and Cumberland Township will get a modest bump in tax revenue. Won’t it? Never mind that thousands of people will be treated to bad odors [no matter what the Ag expert says…he’s pushing Ag growth!] on a constant basis. And when the Dog Days of August hit and the fans in the chicken barns are going full blast, guess what will hang over the greater Gettysburg area like a heavy fog? That’s right, the smell of the chickens.
Who knows, maybe, just maybe it will become bad enough that one day all you will hear from Gettysburg is:
“Ain’t nobody here but us chickens!”
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