Community meeting provides opportunity for citizens of West Louisville to air frustrations
LOUISVILLE Ky. (Aug. 7, 2015)– The Louisville Urban League hosted a community meeting for West Louisville to learn about two proposed projects that include anaerobic digesters. However, it quickly became apparent that this meeting was about more than these projects and this renewable energy process.
Members of Seed Capital Kentucky and Nature’s Methane (the company that has agreed to build anaerobic digesters on the Food Port campus as well as one adjacent to Heaven Hill) accepted a request by Councilwomen Mary Woolridge to tell the community about their projects and also to entertain questions. However, a passionate and vocal audience articulated their frustration with how they feel West Louisville is neglected, and that these projects are examples of that.
The representatives from both Food Port and Nature’s Methane gave overviews of their projects and the benefits they would provide. However, it was obvious that most of those who attended had one thing on their mind, and it was not to hear the benefits of the proposed projects, but to communicate to the members present their frustration and anger over how they feel West Louisville is overlooked and not taken seriously.
The meeting concluded with the 50-75 in attendance with positions apparently unchanged. The Seed Capital and Nature’s Methane teams vowed to continue to work with the councilwoman, as well as other concerned members of the community, to address what they heard.
“Wow, it was a very charged room and you could see the anger and frustration in their faces. I thought this meeting was going to be about the facts, but believe it or not, after hearing all the remarks I get their frustration. With all the disparities and unkept promises made toward the people of West Louisville, I would be passionate, too, if someone new comes to my neighborhood promising to do right. I just hope over the coming weeks, that those who are really concerned, will take a serious look at our plan, and what we are proposing. I think they will see we have been honest with them and that our projects have real value”, remarked Brian D. Zoeller, attorney for Nature’s Methane.
Additional meetings have been scheduled and are being hosted for Nature’s Methane by Councilman David James and Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (the council members whose district the projects are proposed) for next week. Nature’s Methane will meet with the BOZA on August 17th as it continues to adhere to all federal, state and local guidelines in an effort to move their projects to fruition.