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Council to Discuss Cheese Factory

Nauvoo, IL – By a narrow margin, Nauvoo's city council has approved the first reading of a zoning ordinance change. The alteration could allow construction of a cheese making plant near the Baxter Winery. Mayor John McCarty cast the deciding vote after the aldermen split on the issue. McCarty says the zoning change would regulate food processing, and would not apply to other manufacturing. Any other such use would also have to receive a special use permit from the city. McCarty says more than 100 nearby residents signed a petition opposing the change. He says they fear traffic and noise if the zoning change is approved. McCarty expects changes to the proposed ordinance at future council meetings.