300 new jobs in DeKalb County nixed over sewer concerns

300 new jobs in DeKalb County nixed over sewer concerns
(Source: WAFF)

FYFFE, AL (WAFF) - A sewage problem in Fyffe is sending new jobs down the drain.

The jobs were to come from a new chicken processing plant; but that's no longer the case and an environmental report is to blame.

Had the deal gone through it would have been huge for Fyffe. The mayor says they have around 1,000 people in the town and this would have added around 300 new jobs.

"Three hundred more jobs in Fyffe would be fantastic," said Fyffe resident Mike Jacobs.

The thought of 300 new jobs in a town the size of Fyffe would be huge and they were on the way to making that happen.

Mayor Paul Cagle said they had picked out 10 acres in the industrial park for Farm Fresh Foods out of Guntersville to come to town.

They had already set up a public hearing for Friday night.

But on Thursday city officials got some devastating news.

"I was heartbroken. I was disappointed along with all of our council," said Cagle.

Cagle said an environmental test came back that nixed the deal.

"The sewage output of this company was going to be in excess of what our sewage provider would be able to accomplish," said Cagle.

"I believe they need to expand a little and bring in the jobs," said Jacobs.

Some feel the sewage system needs to be expanded, but the mayor says it's too late and not cost effective for the town but hopes they can still snag a big employer.

"We would like to have some industry here. We need it. There's a lot of people that would like to have a good job," said Cagle.

Cagle said they'll continue to try to bring in new industry to their industrial park.

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