A meeting on Feb. 4 will allow the Union County engineer to share his concerns about the impact on surrounding infrastructure and access to a proposed egg-laying facility.

A meeting on Feb. 4 will allow the Union County engineer to share his concerns about the impact on surrounding infrastructure and access to a proposed egg-laying facility.

Jeff Stauch said he has a meeting scheduled with Attorney Kevin Braig, representing Hi-Q Egg Products, LLC, and an engineer hired by the company.

Stauch said the representatives of Hi-Q responded quickly to a letter he drafted and presented to the Union County commissioners on Jan. 20. Commissioners had a phone conversation with Kevin Elder, executive director of the Livestock Environmental Program of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The letter sent by the county to Hi-Q not only asked for the meeting, but stipulated that it would like a traffic study to be conducted by the company.

Hi-Q submitted an application to the ODA in the hopes that a permit will be granted to construct 15 layer houses with 400,000 layers each, a total design capacity for 6-million layers, in York Township.

Initially, the company sought an access point to the site from Davis Road.

Objections were voiced by county and township officials during a December public hearing.

Commissioner Tom McCarthy said Hi-Q representatives were unwilling to meet in a formal or informal setting, while Commissioner Gary Lee said no one from the company responded to concerns pertaining to road improvements written last March.

After the public hearing, Hi-Q officials started looking into the feasibility of accessing the property from state Rt. 47 in order to bypass concerns regarding Davis Road.

While the change in plans eliminated at least one county concern, Stauch and the commissioners still have questions they want answered regarding the impact on county roads as a secondary route to the site and potential future plans for accessing Davis Road.

Elder urged the county officials to sit down with Hi-Q and resolve its issues before ODA director Robert Boggs reaches a decision on the permit.

"They have changed our transportation plan," Stauch said of Hi-Q on Jan. 28, "and we need to make sure they understand our concerns."

The meeting will be held with Stauch in the engineering office.