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Spring Hill Crematory Voted Down

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SPRING HILL, Tenn.- An ordinance that would clear the way for a controversial crematorium to be built in Spring Hill was shot down on Monday night by the Board of Aldermen.

In an 8 to 1 vote the ordnance failed, Mayor Michael Dinwiddie, being the only vote in favor of the crematorium.

"This is huge, Huge! I mean this town stuck together, did research, got everyone to change their minds, and got that whole panel, except for the mayor" said Leslie Szeliga, who was opposed to the creamatorium.

Monday's meeting was scheduled after the Board received the results of a second emissions test, which found crematory would pose no health risk to the community. The vote for the crematorium ordinance had been deferred for the past two months.

People both for and against the ordinance filled the meeting, with those opposed wear green shirts. Mayor Dinwiddie said the issue had become "emotional" and had to warn the crowd against any outbursts.

A petition with over 1,500 signatures of people who were opposed to the crematorium was presented to the Board.

Many residents who were against the crematory worried about emissions including vaporized mercury emitting from the building.

NewsChannel 5 did try to reach out to the owner of Spring Hill Memorial Park and Funeral home.  Pam Stephens was present at the meeting, but did not want to comment.

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