Proposed Illinois meat processing plant gets special use permit

Wamac Mayor Butch Mathus says a special use permit has been given to a proposed meat processing company that is looking to build a $5-million facility in the community.

Mathus says Big Boy Processing, Inc has proposed their facility at 1775 South Brookside in the former McKay building.   He reports the USDA Certified Class 1 processing facility that would handle a variety of meat and possibly poultry products.   A retail store is also being proposed at the front of the facility.

Mathus anticipates the new facility will employ 20 to 25 people.  He says the facility is still in the planning stages and is probably 12 to 18 months away from the start of operations.  Mathus says a group of investors has put the project together.

It would utilize steel modules that would each have its own HVAC and odor containment systems.  Mathus says the facility would be a good boost to the economy and there has been no opposition.

Mathus says the city will be working with the company to utilize Enterprise Zone incentives available to them.

In other action, Mathus says city residents are reminded that June 14th is cleanup day where large items can be put out at curbside for pickup.  White goods, oil, tires and other items prohibited from the landfill will not be accepted.

The city purchased chemicals for mosquito spraying and will be doing its own spraying again this year.

The board passed an ordinance allowing Queen of Hearts drawings to be held at businesses in the city.