County commissioners encouraged to say 'no' to Tyson

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Tyson Foods says plans to build in Sedgwick County are on hold, but those living near the proposed plant want assurances the plant will not be built. Amy Buhrman is one of many concerned about the impact of the plant. She wants to keep building on her family's property.

"But we can't sell our house in the future, because of this being close to us. We don't want to make that investment until we know for sure," said Buhrman. 

Tyson: Plans for chicken plant in Kansas remain on hold

Buhrman's plan to renovate her home is on hold until a decision about the plant or resolution against it comes out. It isn't just homeowners, but businesses as well. Shirley Palmer-Witt is a real estate agent in the Clearwater area. 

"I've already had the experience of a few different buyers that are not ready to commit until they know what's happening," said Palmer-Witt. 

Denise Lewis is a small business owner who thinks the jobs Tyson would bring in are not what the county needs. 

"There are a huge skills gap and huge job gap with skilled labor right now," said Lewis. 

There was no Tyson resolution on the agenda, but until then Buhrman will continue to wonder if putting money into her home will be worth it. 

"My request would be if the commissioners or whoever has the power to make a stand cold at this point just say this is not something we are interested in," said Buhrman. 

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