Bladen County residents told the Board of Health just what they're facing with the possibility of a turkey farm coming into Dublin. Some residents say they don't mind the farm, they just don't want it near where they live. Concerns about the farm range from quality of life issues to possible health problems. Residents also say they're worried about their property values going down. Douglas Butler says his home in Dublin is his getaway but the possibility of a turkey farm 500 feet from his backyard is threatening to gobble up his peace and quiet. "There will be noise, a lot of noise," Douglas Butler said. "We'll never be able to open our windows or hang clothes on our clothesline again. This was our little paradise and we're fighting to try and keep it." Butler says he's not the only one fighting, either. He says the farm will negatively affect more than two thousand people that live in Dublin. "The community is up in arms and I've never seen anything touch a nerve like this has touched," Butler said. That was evident by the standing room only crowd at a public meeting with the department of health. "If a poultry farm is in the area it would ruin residents' homes, yards. It's a water quality problem," resident Dennis Trooi said. Residents also say the farm would decrease property values. In a town like Dublin, that doesn't sit well. "A lot of peoples, you know, their house is pretty much a lot of the wealth they have," Butler said. "This house will be uninhabitable and it will not be worth anything on the real estate market." "My wife and myself had plans to add on to the home we had right now," resident Kory Hair said. "But we've put those plans on hold because we don't want to necessarily live near a chicken house." Douglas Butler says he doesn't want to either. "You build a house you invest in a house you don't want to see your investment go to nothing," Butler said. The Health Department says it can't stop the turkey farm from going up unless there is proof that its location and distance to homes would be a health hazard to residents.
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