A proposal for a concrete recycling center in Makeni was presented at a city council meeting on Monday.
More than 100 people attended the meeting and more than twenty people spoke during the public comment segment.
Almost everyone opposed the proposal which includes a cement recycling center east of CR 317 and south of FM 546.
Just south of the proposed site, Fairview Soccer Park is home to Ayses Football Club, home to hundreds of young athletes.
“No matter what you do, no matter how many precautions you take, it will never be safe,” said one mother.
The Heard Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, located about a mile apart, also opposes the proposal.
“This is really untouched by humans and we want to keep it that way,” said Heard CEO Sy Shahid.
Most of Monday’s crowd had similar concerns like dust, pollution, traffic and noise they say the concrete recycling center might bring.
But representatives of the company that requested it, North Texas Natural Select Materials, insisted the center would be safe.
The goal here is to perform a relatively small operation. The size of the concrete recycling machine is … less than half an acre,” said Attorney Bob Roeder, the applicant on behalf of North Texas Natural Select Materials.
North Texas Natural Select Materials did not respond to NBC 5’s request for comment.
The matter was brought up so that at least one member could gather more details about the proposal. Most members said they supported this provision.
An overwhelming majority of council members, or six out of seven, were required to agree to the zoning component of the application because the city said it had received valid written protests from property owners representing at least 20% of the area within 200 feet of the proposed zoning. .
The McKinney City Council is expected to discuss the issue at its next meeting in two weeks’ time.