'A representation of the people's voice'

On behalf of the Stay Inside the Fence.com Committee, I want to thank all of the Middletown residents who signed our referendum petition, which was filed on June 5, 2008, and the most recent initiative petition drive, which began on July 8. More than 3,700 signatures were obtained in a span of only a few weeks for the two petition efforts.

EPA Public Hearing

Issuance Of Draft Air Pollution Permit-To-Install Middletown Coke
Company Issue Date: 7/18/2008
Permit Number: 14-06023
Permit Type: Initial installation
Permit Description: Heat Recovery Coke Plant - 100 Ovens.
Facility ID: 1409011031
Facility Location: Middletown Coke Company
7014 Hamilton Middletown Road,
Middletown, OH 45044
Facility Description: Iron and Steel Mills

Coke plant opponents seek charter change

By Ed Richter Middletown Journal Staff Writer Wednesday, July 09, 2008 MIDDLETOWN — Notice was given late Tuesday afternoon to the city of Middletown that an initiative petition will be filed to amend the city charter to require a 2,000-foot setback between any coke-rendering related facility and any existing homes, schools, churches, nursing homes and health-care facilities.

Why so many unanswered questions?

by Lisa Frye
June 26, 2008
On Thursday, June 5, the Stay Inside the Fence Committee delivered 2,069 Middletown voter signatures for a referendum petition drive to the city of Middletown to overturn the May 6 legislative decision to rezone the Martin farmland to industrial (use). The next day, The Journal reported that the city announced it would re-do the process and start over from the beginning, thereby avoiding the cost of a lawsuit battle pending in the courts on the same issue. Although the city stated that they did nothing wrong in the re-zoning process, they willingly decided to re-do it. When was the last time the city has re-done legislation immediately after it was passed?

So, if they truly had followed the proper legal process in the re-zoning of this land, why are they afraid to answer questions in court regarding it? Moreover, if it was truly such an "emergency" (the way in which it was passed originally), what makes it not an emergency now that they are willing to re-do the entire process? And lastly, did our submission of petitions a few hours before they made the announcement to re-do the process impact their decision?

Garden Manor sues city over rezoning for coke plant

Retirement community claims Middletown failed to follow procedure in rezoning approval for site of proposed $340M coke plant.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

MIDDLETOWN — Garden Manor Retirement Village has filed a lawsuit against the city of Middletown, claiming City Council and the planning commission failed to follow proper procedure in approving the rezoning of 157 acres that would be the site of a new $340 million coke making and heat recovery plant.
The suit filed Tuesday, May 13, in Butler County Common Pleas Court seeks to restrain the city from further action related to the site.

Haverhill Coke Plant Complaint Investigations

May 2, 2008
To: Middletown City Council
From: Robert Snook

This is a summary of some of the 20 complaints that have been filed by nearby residents.
In addition the Haverhill Coke Plant has reported 46 violations from June 15, 2005 to
March 28, 2008.
1. Complaint No. 2005-20: Mitchell Wheeler said the 3 stacks closest US 52 had 20-30
ft. flames. He said when he walked outside his eyes were burning. There was black
smoke at the top of the flame, trailing off. He said they have a pressure problem and

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