A MorinvilleNews.com editorial
Those of you who follow what’s going on in Morinville know that at the first council meeting after the election Deputy Mayor Paul Krauskopf directed Champion Petfoods President Frank Burdzy to come back to council in January with something concrete on what the company was going to do about a certain olfactory by-product of its cooking process. Those of you who do not follow the goings on of council are still certainly aware of the problem coming out of Champion’s stacks. That is unless your nasal passages are perpetually blocked.
At the time of Krauskopf’s energetic and forceful directive to the Champion president last October, we developed a great admiration for the veteran councillor’s chutzpah for being so blunt with the head of Morinville’s largest employer. But Krauskopf, like his fellow councillors, were walking the walk and addressing concerns raised by the voters during the election campaign.
Of course that was just more than a week after they’d all been elected, and when Champion was not in attendance at the first council meeting in January, we (like many people in the community that follow and discuss municipal politics) let skepticism and cynicism take root, thinking council might not keep the company’s feet to the fire.
But Champion was back in council chambers last Tuesday night with a plan in hand on how it is going to mitigate the odour its $500,000 plasma injector system was supposed to take care of.
It seems the fresh ingredients that are responsible for the odour everyone in the community save dogs and cats find offensive is also the reason the expensive high-tech equipment isn’t doing what everyone hoped it would. It seems fat molecules from the company’s fresh ingredients are impervious to the plasma injector technology and an equally expensive scrubber system will need to be installed to trim the fat – so to speak – before the plasma injectors can do the work.
That system will be designed over the winter, tested through the spring and installed in the summer. Although the company is taking measures to reduce the odours as best they can ahead of the new technology being installed, Morinvillians and visitors to the community can expect an odiferous centennial year.
With eight or nine months still to go before the problem is eliminated it is our sincere hope Champion’s current theory is a correct one. Should the solution not solve the problem the fat may hit the fire with respect to the community’s patience with both Champion and Morinville Town Council.