A pet crematory has been proposed for the former Angelo's Bakery building in Hawley, next door to the Hawley Silk Mill.
Mark M. James is planning to open a facility in Hawley for the disposal of pet animals. He was represented by his attorney, David Gregory, at the July 10th Hawley Council meeting. He said he was there to "alleviate any concerns" as well as request a conditional use hearing date.
James is also the owner of a crematory for human remains at Lake Ariel. In addition, James is a funeral associate working for Teeters' Funeral Chapel.
According to Gregory, veterinary clinics would be the majority of James' pet crematory clients. A vinyl fence would screen the property so that deliveries would not be visible from outside.
The attorney stated that the cremation process would be designed to prevent any smoke or odor from escaping. The three foot stack will have a sensor that would shut down the system if smoke is detected.
James has contracted to purchase the former bakery contingent on obtaining permits from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Borough.
Operating as Northeast Pennsylvania Pet Cremation Services, animals accepted will be limited up to 200 pounds, and no more than 1,000 cremations a year would be performed. No cremations will take place at night. Each cremation would take 30 minutes and require a temperature of 1,800 degrees.
He stated that James has operated the human crematory since 2006 and has performed over 2,100 cremations without any incident or negative comments.
An extensive approval process is required by the state, he said. This is made easier by the fact that the applicant is already licensed for human cremation services. Detailed plans for the equipment and property have been submitted to DEP.
Gregory assured that there would be no negative impact on public health, safety or welfare. Foot traffic would be minimal and the footprint of the facility along Route 6 would not expand.
Council scheduled a public conditional use hearing for 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, prior to the regular 7 p.m. Council meeting and a different hearing at 6:30 p.m.