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Neighbors fight funeral home owners to stop crematory

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A local funeral home is planning to build a crematory right behind a subdivision.  And the neighbors are now fighting against it, concerned for their health and their homes. 

Lori Fisk-Conners loves hanging out in her yard, but she is concerned that could soon change.

"We had no idea until some of our friends went to city hall last night that they want to build a crematorium right next to our neighborhood," said Fisk-Conners.

The owners of Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home want to build a crematorium behind their current facility, between Fisk-Conners subdivision.

"I think it's a health concern, and it's a little creepy," said Fisk-Conners.

Fisk-Conners neighbor Nanci Gregg first learned about the plans Monday night at a planning commission meeting.

"There was very little discussion, very little information about the actual crematorium equipment at all," said Gregg.

Both Gregg and Fisk-Conners are most concerned about potential health issues, and the impact on the property value of their homes.

"I believe it would lower our property values tremendously," said Fisk-Conners.

But funeral home co-owner Pam Stephens believes their crematory will actually help the surrounding community.

"We are finding that more and more people want to be cremated," said Stephens.  "It will be an added value to the community."

Stephens said the new building will look like a home, instead of a scary structure.  And she said they are consulting with a nationally renowned company, so no dangerous emissions are involved.

"No health concerns, there's already existing crematories in many towns," said Stephens.

Now that neighbors near the sight know what's been proposed, they plan to organize an effort to fight the funeral home's latest plans. The crematory made it past its first reading Monday night, but so far the plan has not been approved.

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