Answers: Questions about smell from ADM plant, Aldo Boulevard project

Posted: Sep. 28, 2012 6:17 pm Updated: Sep. 20, 2013 4:53 pm


What is the over-powerful smell from the ADM building at Front and State? We live two miles away and can still smell it. Is it safe? Can it be eliminated?

One of the many products manufacture at the ADM Alliance Nutrition plant is a dairy feed product called Enertia Pelleted Formula. According to the ADM website, Enertia P/F is "a patent-pending form of calcium salts of long-chain fatty acids, which are recognized as the most nutritionally complete source of rumen bypass fat for dairy cattle and other lactating ruminants."

Jackie Anderson, global media relations manager, says palm oil is an ingredient in Enertia, and when palm oil is processed, it can release an odor.

"We have a bio-filter at the plant that helps to filter the air and minimize that odor," Anderson said in a prepared statement. "In early September, we installed new filter material which should better control the odor around the plant."

Anderson said there are no health concerns. Enertia is processed during the week but not on the weekends.


Regarding the Aldo Boulevard project, how could the city/alderman justify the cost of colored concrete -- which costs considerably more -- when there are always lists of projects to be completed? I questioned this when the work started and was told "it was the decision of the neighborhood."

The city of Quincy is doing $3.75 million of street projects this year, ranging from total replacement to the annual crack-seal programs. One of the projects was the complete reconstruction of Aldo Boulevard between 23rd and 24th streets. The flat surface on Aldo led to drainage issues during heavy rains. Also, the street was widened to 18 feet.

City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp said the use of colored concrete was suggested by the city's Engineering Department to enhance the historic character of the Aldo Boulevard neighborhood. The City Council approved the project in April.

Steinkamp said the cost of the red brick-colored concrete was $3,150, which was 1.4 percent of the $223,546 cost of the project.

"The city has received many positive comments concerning this project," Steinkamp said. "A narrow, poorly draining, horse-and-buggy street is now a safe, functional and drivable road."

Asked about "the decision of the neighborhood," Steinkamp said, "Did I go out and ask them? No. Did the aldermen go out and ask them? I don't know."


On Aldo Boulevard, where recent work was done, I've noticed two things. All the metal plates in the sidewalks and the metal drains that were installed are rusting. Aren't those things supposed to be finished? Also, the dogwood trees that were planted also look like they are dying.

Steinkamp said the inlet manhole structures and the Americans With Disabilities Act-mandated truncated dome plates are new, standard, unfinished cast-iron products approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation that are used on city infrastructure projects. He said these items tend to oxidize at first and then will eventually appear like the many other similar structures on city rights of way.

Per the request of the Aldo Boulevard residents, none of the six existing dogwood trees in the boulevard was removed by city employees, Steinkamp said. The only dogwood tree planted on this project was a small one near the west end of the project, and Steinkamp said it is still looking healthy.

"Many of the existing dogwoods are looking stressed because of this past summer's drought," he said.


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