Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc., North Vernon, will operate the plant at 2712 W. State Road 340, which is zoned open industrial.
On hand to represent the company was Dan O'Mara, vice president and chief financial officer, Amy Boswell, vice president and director of business administration and Josh Shaw, general plant manager.
O'Mara first gave some background on the company.
"We were started in 1975," O'Mara said. "We've been doing construction (since then), and we've been doing asphalt work since 1987.
"We're located in 22 counties; we have 11 asphalt plants, (and) we've been looking around at a couple sites. This site seems to be the one that we felt was a commercial site that fit our needs. I see there have been some concerns, and that's why we came out here today to answer any concerns you might have for an asphalt plant ... out here on this property."
Originally, O'Mara's process derailed when he filed the permit under the wrong address and owner of the proposed site.
"I think we got the wrong address from 911; we cleared that up (Tuesday)," O'Mara said.
Of the main dissenters of the proposed plan were Eric Stearley and his associate Jason Layne.
Stearley pointed out one reason he is opposing the plant is because of where his land is in relation to where the plant will be operating.
"My land is the one that is on the east side of that factory road that starts on 340 and goes back clear to the plant," Stearley said. "As far as being affected by the road standpoint, I'm the number one (person affected)."
Layne said the plant would also affect his family because his kids swim and play in the land adjacent to where the plant would be located.
Other citizens voiced concerns on how emissions and pollutants the plant might give off would affect those who live near the plant.
One resident believed O'Mara "couldn't have picked a worse place" for the plant because of the traffic it would cause.
"That is a horrible, horrible situation you're going to create, and (then) the same thing in the afternoon from 2:30-3:30. That road is constant traffic; you couldn't have picked a worse place in Clay County to put this plant, as in endangering our children ... and they will be endangered by your trucks and the emissions from all the chemicals that you have."
Boswell responded to why that area was chosen.
"It was really because it was a commercial (zoned) site," Boswell said.
O'Mara added he estimated the plant could see as much as 20 trucks making rounds on a heavy day, but that the plant doesn't operate daily or year round.
O'Mara continued the explanation.
"I don't know when the last time they did the zoning was, but what we were told through somebody trying to get us here (the owners of the property in question) ... (they were) trying to get this site ready for somebody, if not me, somebody can come ... they made sure they zoned it correctly, they made sure they got a grant for the phase 1 and 2," O'Mara said. "I mean they really developed this place for somebody to come in with a lot less headaches than other places will be, and that's kind of what drove us here ... maybe the city should have done something a long time ago; I don't know why they were trying to promote it or whoever when they zoned it."
According to Brazil City Planning and Zoning administrator Stacy Gibbens the land was zoned Dec. 21, 2011, and the bid for the land was submitted Dec. 27.
"The planning commission had no knowledge (O'Mara) was coming here (when it was zoned)" Gibbens said. "The planning commission had two public hearings that were published in the paper, legally published notices, and anybody and everybody was invited to come (for the rezoning meeting)."
Layne then asked Gibbens how the property was zoned before.
"There was no zoning there whatsoever," Gibbens said. " ... The city has a two-mile radius jurisdiction and those properties outside of the city limits ... the zoning was never designated, but I had enough complaints from the people inside the two-mile radius that they wanted me to enforce a zoning code, (and) the planning commission felt like it was the right time to make the zoning so that we could enforce the zoning code.
"You can't enforce the zoning code if there's no designation on a piece of property."
Clay Community Schools Superintendent Kim Tucker was on hand to share her concerns on how the plant could affect local children because the site in question is within a mile of two schools.
"I wanted everyone to have a chance that lives in that area and certainly that have children going to schools respective to that area to have the chance to voice their concerns," Tucker said. "I'm here representing the school system and our school board of trustees to look into this information, and I will tell you the school system, the school administration, staff and the school community do have very, very real concerns about the implied cautionary things related to toxins in the air, runoff in the water, the traffic issue, the issue with having excessively heavy duty traffic on SR 340, which will probably result in that road not being as pristine as it is now.
"That being the minimal situation, we're going to continue to watch this because certainly we have a duty to protect our students."
O'Mara then explained how the plant would affect the air quality.
"I want to tell you that most of the air quality issues are going to be more out of the trucks (exhaust)... than it is the plant," O'Mara said, " ... the only chemical that you have is the liquid asphalt itself, which is an oil-based product, other than that you have stone, sand, gravel, and then you run natural gas on a burner."
At this time, O'Mara Contractor is waiting to receive the permit it had to re-file after the mix-up with the address.
However, according to Gibbens' knowledge, there isn't much the city can do to restrict O'Mara from setting up the plant, if they have a permit and follow the local ordinances.