AFB International to expand operations

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Odor control a priority for Aurora City Council

Amy McCarthy, vice president of operations at AFB International in Aurora, made a presentation to Aurora City Council members concerning the improvements that have been made to the facility, aswell as those that will be made going forward.

McCarthy informedcouncil that AFB in Aurora is the largest pet food flavoring manufacturer in North America and the goal is todouble in capacity.McCarthy shared the changes that have been made to help with odor control, aswell as daily preventative maintenance procedures. She stated plans call for adding an engineering firm for odor control as the improvement project moves forward. Anevaluation of the current system is planned for July.

McCarthy said she would continue to update the councilon a quarterly basis with improvements as well as failures.

Council members voted down an ordinance which would allow the establishment of a medical marijuana industry, citing the required setbacks from schools and churches, as well as those for operations, displays, materials storage and screening directives.

Mayor Doyle Ferguson stated his reasons for opposing the ordinance.

“The benefits of having a new business move to town are undeniable,” he said. “Increasedproperty tax revenue, dozens of new jobs and the continued use of buildings andinfrastructure to name a few.

“Even though the state of Missouri now allows this particular industry, thecultivation, production, transportation and sale of medical marijuana, it is stillan illegal industry under federal law.Our current codes regarding the use of M1 and M2 zoning will allow for themedical marijuana industry. I am in no way attempting to block this industryfrom our town. The question before us this evening is whether or not to loosenout statutes.”It is my humble position that loosening the statutes and standards of our town toaccommodate an activity that is illegal under federal law does not make Aurora abetter town. It makes Aurora an accomplice to federal crime,” he said. “I will be voting noon these resolutions.”

Aldermen Stephen Wiles and Dawn Oplinger approved the ordinance, while Don McWade, David Marks and Ferguson voted to oppose, thus defeating the measure.

Aldermen also amended the ordinance concerning harboring wild or non-domesticated animals within the city.

The ordinance specifically cites non-domesticated animals, including as any wild animal, mammal, reptile, or fowl which is not naturally tame orgentle, but is of a wild nature or disposition, and which, because of its size, vicious nature, orother characteristics, would constitute a danger to human life or property. The term includesanimals and birds, the keeping of which is licensed by the state or federal government, such aswolves, raptors, and pheasants. Examples includeeagles, weasels, wild ferrets, badgers, bears, monkeys, capuchins, chimpanzees, ducks, geese,alligators, crocodiles, raccoons, beavers, otters, opossum, and hedgehogs.

The ordinance also prohibits harboring of livestock, including horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, cattle,swine, goats, sheep, deer, elk, bison, alpaca and their miniature breeds, as well as chickens, turkeys, and other types offowl.

The city also prohibits any skunk, lions, panthers, tigers, jaguars, leopards,cougars, ocelots, wolves, foxes, coyotes, dingoes, jackals,any crossbreed such as crossbreeds between dogs and coyotes or dogs and wolves, pit viper such as rattlesnakes, coral snakes, water moccasins,or cobras.

Violation of the ordinance would subject the animal to impound by the city. After five days, if not reclaimed by the owner, the animal may be sold or destroyed. Owners reclaiming impounded animals will be required to pay the costs of impounding and keep, and will have to provide documentation of the animal'srelocation outside of the city.

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