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Planning Commission Votes on Controversial Crematorium

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SPRING HILL, Tenn.- It was a small victory, but a victory nevertheless for the residents of Spring Hill who are opposed to a funeral home adding a crematorium.

Members of the Planning Commission finally took a vote on the controversial issue.  It was standing-room only Monday night at Spring Hill's City Hall with many of the people who oppose this expansion donning green t-shirts to show they're united.

The owners of Spring Hill Memorial Park and Funeral Home are seeking to build the crematorium on a piece of property, just a few hundred feet away from a residential area.

Opponents have long expressed concern over environmentally-threatening by-products, potentially hazardous waste, being spewed into the air, especially when the mercury in a deceased person's dental-work is burned.

Now there is some confusion over whether the property is properly zoned to handle such a business addition.

Planning commissioners voted 3-to-1 Monday night to send the matter on to the board of zoning appeals for a bit of clarification, so this divisive issue now goes before the board of zoning appeals at its next meeting.

Funeral home owners, at 5239 Main Street, say the planned crematorium will be a newly-constructed building, that's 3,600 square feet.

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