More than a hundred residents at the rally say the Mount View Paving Asphalt Plant behind their residence in Talent is causing problems. They complain of smells, dust and noise at night. The protestors say they don’t want the plant to shut down, they just want it to move away.
“What they are doing is a great job for our community. They are producers of asphalt, much needed asphalt, you know. They have a great reputation. It’s a great family. They’re just in an inappropriate place,” said Talent resident Darby Stricker.
The owner of Mountain View Asphalt says he’s been in business at that location for 12 years and says there has never been an issue until now. He says he’s waiting on Jackson County officials to respond to his request for a Conditional Use Permit before taking any action.