The Tonganoxie City Council has approved a resolution expressing opposition to the construction of a poultry plant near the city.

The Tonganoxie City Council has approved a resolution expressing opposition to the construction of a poultry plant near the city.

Council members unanimously adopted the resolution during a meeting Monday, City Manager George Brajkovic said.

On Sept. 5, officials with Tyson Foods announced plans to build a $320 million poultry complex south of Tonganoxie.

The proposal faced opposition from local residents.

On Sept. 18, Leavenworth County commissioners voted 2-1 to rescind a resolution that had expressed an intent to issue industrial revenue bonds to support the project.

The following day, an official with Tyson Foods announced the company was putting its plans for Leavenworth County on hold and looking at other locations.

The resolution approved Monday states that “the Tonganoxie City Council has been presented with and has gathered enough information to make a determination that it is not in the best interest of the City of Tonganoxie for the proposed Tyson Foods Poultry Complex to locate on the (Leavenworth County) Site.”

The resolution indicates that council members have been presented with “overwhelming public opposition” to the project.

The resolution also states that the City Council does not support extending city sewer service to the proposed location of the plant. This was something that had been requested for the Tyson Foods project.

The resolution also “encourages the Leavenworth County Commission to adopt a resolution expressing its opposition to the development of the proposed Tyson Foods Poultry Complex.”

Brajkovic said he shared a draft of the Tonganoxie City Council resolution with the interim county counselor and county administrator.

The County Commission also met Monday. During that meeting, Commission Chairman Doug Smith said he would not support the project if Tyson Foods resurrected plans to open a poultry facility near Tonganoxie.

Commissioner Bob Holland said he would have to review the proposal before making a decision.

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