A woman who opposed a proposed poultry plant near Tonganoxie addressed the Leavenworth County Port Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday.

A woman who opposed a proposed poultry plant near Tonganoxie addressed the Leavenworth County Port Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday.

Linda Sturgeon asked the board members to keep quality of life issues in mind when they look at economic development projects in the future.

“I think it is important to understand why the people live here and want to live here,” she said.

Her comments came during a monthly meeting of the Port Authority.

The Port Authority is a quasi-governmental agency that focuses primarily on industrial business development.

In September, officials with Tyson Foods announced plans to build a $320 million poultry complex south of Tonganoxie.

Two weeks later, an official with Tyson Foods announced the company was putting its plans for Leavenworth County on hold.

The announcement came the day after Leavenworth County commissioners voted to rescind a resolution that expressed an intent to issue industrial revenue bonds for the project. The decision by the County Commission came amid public opposition to the project.

Earlier this month, Tyson Foods officials announced they now plan to build a poultry plant in Tennessee.

Sturgeon said Wednesday that she hopes she does not develop a reputation as someone who is opposed to economic development.

She said people who were opposed to the Tyson Foods project will be paying attention to what happens in the county.

“We're not trying to cause trouble, but we are going to be watching,” she said.

Port Authority Chairman Blaine Weeks said the board never took any action regarding the proposed Tyson Foods project.

The Port Authority is a partner organization of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, which was involved in the Tyson Foods project.

Weeks said it is the job of the Port Authority to try to bring businesses into the county.

But Weeks said it is not the Port Authority’s job to decide which businesses ultimately open in local communities. He said this is handled through local officials.

Twitter: @LVTNewsJohnR