I'm not a big proponent of heavy industry in this city... physically we add a little more pollutants, but we are still below the federal and state pollution levels... We are not talking about a major asphalt plant. There is a big distinction between a major asphalt plant and a small portable plant. George you are special. You are a role model for doing business in Escondido... There is a tremendous need in this community.
The impact of constructing roadways and our redevelopment efforts would be great if we didn't have an asphalt plant here in our City. We know George Weir has a good history in our city... The traffic volume has been deemed not to be significant. As far as George and Cynthia Weir I can't say enough positive.
Four years ago I opposed a large asphalt plant... You drive by [George's facility] and you don't know what's going on behind those walls. It's very well done... It's going to take a lot of traffic off the freeways... We lost [the asphalt plant at] Pala, we're losing [the asphalt plant at] San Marcos, and in a few years we'll lose the facility in Mission Valley. Where we're going to pave our roads, really doesn't bother me, we're going to have this SPA (Scientifically Produced Asphalt) down here to satisfy the needs of our City, keep our costs down, get sales tax out of it, a state of the art facility... there's so many plusses on this. I told Mr. Weir, we're addressing our needs, I really don't have a problem with this facility... It's really a win-win for everybody... George's integrity and honesty have a lot to do with it. I know when George says he's going to do something he will do it.
I also voted against the previous plant... This is probably the smallest plant that Escondido is going to have the opportunity to approve. I don't think most residents understand how much of this product we use... These trucks are coming regardless. I don't think people recognize how many trucks are coming into this city...having this size plant is much more palatable. Mr. Weir is an easy person for us to deal with... This is widely supported by the business community, a lot of the residents and the staff within this City want this at all levels... There will eventually be [an asphalt plant] here; in my opinion the best person to run it is Mr. Weir.
If you do not have an asphalt plant close by, you are actually creating more pollution by the truck traffic that has to bring that asphalt for many many miles, and it takes a lot more trucks bringing it from Miramar to keep it going where it only takes a few local trucks to keep it going... Many cities throughout our county will realize that having a small plant is the way to go. Maybe one plant per two cities. That way maybe everyone has the opportunity to have asphalt close by.