BETHANY, Okla. -- Bethany residents are fighting for a vote of the people in hopes of keeping a proposed crematorium out of their neighborhood.
Mercer-Adams Funeral Service says it needs more room and a crematory. They plan to build at North Council Rd., just feet away from a senior living center.
Last month, a majority of the city council approved the proposal.
Residents against the crematorium have started a petition, and have already collected about 400 signatures. If they get 630 by next week, the council’s decision will likely be overturned and a vote will go to the people.
Many residents, against the crematory, say they feel let down by their city council.
"I personally don't think those that voted for it didn't have the public in mind. They had business people in mind," John Flynn said.
"Pretty appalled, and at the same time, as I'm learning more, not as shocked as I should have been," Matt Schinske said.
Those against the crematorium say it does not fit in their neighborhood.
"I don't think it's appropriate to have something like that right next door to a senior living center and a restaurant right across the street,” Flynn said.
Other concerns are property values decreasing, and the health of those at the senior living center.
"We've barely lived here six months, and if we would have known this was coming, we would not have moved here," Matt Schinske said.
Schinske is one resident who is asking his neighbors to sign the petition.
"It is not a yes or no vote at this point. All this is saying is we would like it to go to the vote of the people," Schinske said.
Those at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service say they are surprised at the backlash and they would not do anything to harm their neighbors.
"If we thought it was any type of threat, we wouldn't put it in that proximity," Funeral Director Tim Adams said. "If there was any fact about it depreciating property or anything else like that. We've looked into all those things.”
To sign the petition contact Matt Schinske at email@example.com
In order to sign, you must:
1. Be a resident of Bethany, OK.
2. Be registered to vote
3. Live at the location where you're registered