Neighbors don't like the smell of proposed Ooltewah sewer plant

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Hamilton County's sewer authority has optioned to buy 157 acres of farmland in Ooltewah to build a $45 million sewage treatment plant that its backers say will extend needed sewer lines and expand development in north Hamilton County.

County commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday on authorizing the bond-funded land purchase, but many neighbors of the site targeted for the plant say they don't like the smell of the deal.

"Most people in this area didn't even know about, or even suspect, that this plant was coming near us until last Friday and here we are five days later, supposedly appropriating the funds to buy the property," said Bill Martin, treasurer of the nearby North Heron Bay subdivision and one of several neighbors expected to attend the county commission meeting.