New Farm Worker Housing Facility Could Be Built in Basin CityPosted: Updated:
BASIN CITY, Wash.-- The thought of a new facility to house farm workers in Ringold isn't a problem for Ben Casper. He says just don't build next to his property.
"If they do they oughta put it where the farmers who are using the labor, put it on their property," said Ben Casper, farm land owner in Basin City.
It's the type of labor Casper says he's used a few times himself. Farm Bureau staff say many workers don't have a place to stay, so many sleep in their trucks. Casper has some other suggestions for future homes.
"There's a trailer park in Basin City, a lot of migrant housing in East Basin City," said Casper.
The 9.89 acres of land where the facility could be built, were originally owned by the Bureau of Reclamations, and were sold to the Franklin County Farm Bureau for $15,000. The land is located near the corner of Road 170 and Hi Point Road in Ringold.
Bureau staff say the facility would look like an apartment complex and have an on site manager at all times.
Franklin County commissioner Rick Miller says the facility is needed.
"It's hard to find a convenient location anymore, I thought it would be okay because a lot of the people in the area are farmers, and have been farmers for a long time," said Miller.
While many are okay with the facility, Casper and others are worried about crime going up.
"Over the years, so many break ins and thefts," said Casper.
It's crime Miller says he hasn't heard much about but will be addressed by the county as needed.
Nothing can be done on the land yet, since the bureau is waiting to hear about a nearly $3 million grant they've applied for, to start construction.
There's a meeting this Friday to get more information on this new possible housing unit. It's being held at the Basin City Fire Hall at 7:00 p.m.
County Commissioner Rick Miller will be there and also Farm Bureau Workers to answer questions.