Why would the Lycoming County Planning Commission approve land-development plans for a hog arm in Cogan House Township, Lycoming County?
This decision puzzles many of us, who reside in the quaint, small farming valleys that are so prevalent in this area. They are located off the beaten path of our maddening society, whose elected and appointed officials from the federal, state and county level, are the dominating force, in ruling America with an iron fist. This was what World War II was all about. It didn't work then and it is destined to fail for us.
It should have remained at the discretion of the majority of Cogan House Township residents, who opposed it. How many members of the LCPC ever set foot in Cogan House Township, and did any members ever ride past a hog finishing farm to get a whiff of the liquid manure that the 7,200 hogs would produce each year?
Take a ride in Union County on the road from Mifflinburg to Forest Hills some hot, summer day with your car windows down. The odor will clear up any malfunctioning sinusitis one may have. There was no way to present this type of evidence to members of the planning commission, whose knowledge of rural farm lands are somewhat questionable.
It is time to restore some authority back into the hands of our elected township supervisors. They shouldn't be treated like second-class citizens. The power they once inherited upon being elected should be restored to them. We certainly don't need big government from county, state or the federal level, telling us to let outsiders such as the Lititz-based Country View Valley Farms from Lancaster County to desecrate what few places remain sacred and represent what Lycoming County is all about. At the present time, every inch of Lycoming County is up for bid to the highest bidder. It's all about money, that will end up in Lancaster County's hands, and has nothing to do about the future of Cogan House Township. Nippenose Township and a few others survived a scare concerning a hog farm being located in their townships. Evidently past planning commission members possessed more intuition and a keener understanding of visions into the future. I found the statement, "There was nothing that would allow us to vote against him," by LCPC member Cindy Bower, as an irresponsible statement to back up the injustice done to the local citizens who opposed this Hog Farm Project in Cogan House Township, in Lycoming County.