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Hog Sites Approved By Supervisors

August 10, 2017
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Three new locations for new hog sites were presented to the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 8 as well as discussions on Drainage District 57 Improvements.

Palo Alto County Zoning Administrator, Joe Neary presented three proposed sites for conditional use permits:

1 A request from Bluejay Farms I LLC in Nevada Township Section 15 for one building 192 feet x 101 feet as a swine finishing barn with below ground manure storage that will have capacity of 2,490 head of swine. The head number is small enough that a master matrix was not required but the Good Neighbor Policy was met and Planning and Zoning approved the request. The Supervisors gave unanimous approval.

2 A request from Bluejay Farms II LLC in Nevada Township Section 2 for two buildings 192 feet x 110 feet as swine finishing barns with below ground manure storage that will have an total capacity of 7,490 head of swine. The Master Matrix passed and the Good Neighbor Policy was met. Planning and Zoning approved the request. The Supervisors gave unanimous approval.

3 A request from Colin Schneiders in Ellington Township Section 17 for two 51 feet x 376 feet hog finishing barns with below ground manure storage that will have a total capacity of 5,000 head. The Master Matrix was met as well as the Good Neighbor Policy. Planning and Zoning approved the request subject to DNR approval of the site. The Supervisors gave unanimous approval subject to DNR approval of the site.

Mike Wentzel submitted a request to approve the final plat for the sub-division of a lot located at 4612 380th St (25th St). The plat is for four lots to be sub-divided out of the lot. Mike Wentzel and Roger Faulstick own the property jointly. The Supervisors gave unanimous approval. Roger Faulstick abstained from voting.

In other business, Walter Davis-Oeth submitted a utility permit for approval from Iowa Lakes Regional Water to bore an eight-inch waterline in Highland Township Sections 27, 28, 33 and 34. Unanimous approval was given.

A hearing on Drainage District 57 regarding improvements was held with four landowners attending. Rick Hopper, Drainage Engineer with Jacobson-Westergard of Estherville, was contacted by telephone. Hopper touched on the two options: a half-inch coefficient or a one-inch coefficient. Some discussion concerning where the new tile will tie in was raised.

"I am concerned that the new tile, whether it is 24 inches or 30 inches is going to tie into an existing 24 inch tile instead of going to the creek," Steve Banwart, Landowner stated. "Nothing will be gained and more problems will be caused unless this new tile goes clear to the creek."

The Supervisors requested that Hopper look into going all the way to the creek with the new tile and bring it to the continuation hearing that has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 15 at 9 a.m.

There has been some misunderstanding regarding the cost of the new grader that was approved on Tuesday, July 25. Zeigler CAT submitted a bid of $322,520 with a trade-in value on an old John Deere grader of $26,000. This brings the purchase price to $296,520. Murphy Tractor (John Deere dealer) submitted a bid of $320,900 with a trade in value on an old John Deere grader of $20,000, bringing the price down to $280,900. The John Deere grader will cost $15,620 less than the CAT grader.

 
 
 

 

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