BETHANY, Oklahoma - A meeting to decide whether a metro funeral home director can build a crematory near a Bethany neighborhood lasted at least three hours Tuesday night.

The city council was set to give a final answer on rezoning a plot of land near an assisted living facility and several homes.

The topic has been met with considerable protest from residents, regarding potential smell or contamination of the air and possible change in property value. 

Mercer-Adams Funeral Homes said it hoped to keep up with increasing demand by building a funeral home and crematory at 4107 N. Council Road.