Concerns about hog farm smell has Graves County considering new ordinance
An overwhelming concern from community members about hog farms has one Kentucky county considering a new ordinance.
For nearly 10 years, Graves County required hog farms to be 1,500 feet from the property line, but that ordinance was removed last summer.
So when some hog farmers wanted to set up shop in the area, people nearby worried about the smell.
Now, county leaders are considering a new ordinance requiring new hog farms to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and public buildings.
The judge executive says the proposal was read Monday night for the first time in Fiscal Court.
"When you move into Graves County with whatever kind of operation, we want to make sure that you’re a good neighbor. And that’s the reason for what the Fiscal Court did. That’s our responsibility," says Graves County Judge Executive Jesse Perry.
The Graves County Fiscal Court will do a second reading of the ordinance on Nov. 23. If it passes during this reading, it will go into effect.