Henderson County Commissioners Monday night heard complaints from some local people who live next to apple orchards…about noise from air cannons being used to scare away birds that are pecking away at some of the county’s multi-million dollar apple crop.
County Attorney Russ Burrell reminded the commissioners they had no authority to regulate the air cannons…or any noise coming from equipment being used for bona-fide agricultural purposes.
Marvin Owings with the Co-operative Extension Service pointed out the birds can decimate an apple crop. And Mark Williams, the county’s Agri-Business director, said…”The last thing farmers want to do is create conflict with their neighbors…but with farming, sometimes there are odors and noises.”
County Commission Chairman Charlie Messer told the handful of complaining residents, “Our hands are tied.” And he said they should view the situation as only temporary…one that will disappear after the apple season.
Commissioners Monday night had a public hearing scheduled…on a business reportedly hoping to locate close to the new Sierra Nevada Brewery in Ferncliff Industrial park in Mills River. Empire Distributors, Inc. is seeking local incentives to locate their business which will distribute beer from area breweries off Highway 280 and Old Fanning Bridge Road, close to the new Sierra Nevada Brewery.