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Tama Co. Supervisors recommend denying hog farm application


June 19, 2013
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

At the regular meeting of the Tama County Board of Supervisors on Monday, June 10, members met with a group of residents concerned with the possibility of a hog confinement application for a building in Lincoln Township.

This group has been present a couple of other days and have discussed their feelings and problems with this application.

On Wednesday the supervisors met in special session to review the entire Matrix requirements. Their findings concerning the application showed some things which need to be corrected before they could give their endorsement.

These applications have a specific number of points for each item needing to be met. The supervisors comments on their decision included:

Qualification for the separation of education institutions from the confinement structure by 3501 feet is not met. There is a home schooling family within this distance and it was decided this would qualify as an educational institution.

The qualification dealing with the utilization of landscaping around the confinement structure was not met. The design should contain at least three rows of trees and shrubs. This was not included.

The third qualification they felt was not met dealt with the proposal of manure storage structure which is a covered or uncovered impoundment used to store manure from an animal feeding operation, which has walls and a floor constructed of concrete, concrete blocks, wood, steel or similar materials. The design operation and maintenance plan for formed manure storage structure must be in the construction permit.

Construction permit applications include a livestock feeding and watering system that significantly reduce manure odor.

Supervisors told the group of area residents they would sent a notification of disapproval to the DNR, but the DNR has authority to make rules and to carry them out. Supervisors have no say on this.

In other business:

-a resolution was approved to reclassify a road, 380th Street from about 2500 feet East of H Avenue (the property line between Davis and Backen) east to the end in Columbia Township. This only persons who will have access right to the road will include the owner, lessee, or person in lawful possession of any adjoining land, or the agent of employee of the owner, lessee or person in lawful possession of any adjoining land . Any peace officer, magistrate, public employee whose duty it is to supervise the use or perform maintenance of the road, or any agent or employee of any utility located upon the road.

-a second resolution was approved to appropriate the funds for the 2012-2013 county budget expenditures as amended, the amendment being approved on May 28, as follows: Supervisors for $179,876 for Fiscal Year 2012 transfers for EMA and Economic Development missed by the Auditor; County Attorney for $20,000 to upgrade their computer system, and increased prosecution costs; County Sheriff for $26,913 for increased fuel and food costs, and vehicle expenses; County Engineer and roads department, $150,000, for rock and hauling for the county roads; Physical Health $126,424 for incoming grants and donations; Insurance and Bonds $54,019 for increased premiums; Capital Projects for $7,390,532 for Road improvements; Debt service $31,645, consultant and legal fees for Urban Renewal Area.

The amendment amounts totaled $7,979,409.

-Llquor licenses were approved for the Fox Ridge Winery, Traer and John Ernest Vineyard, Tama.

-Drainage District 1 levy was set at zero.

-fireworks permit was granted for Dennis Mitchell of rural Buckingham for the evening of July 6.

John Roehrik visited with supervisors on the possibility of the Tama County Mental Health Clinic closing. Roehrik claimed due to money owed by Magellan.

Todd Rickerts, CPC, told Supervisors it would probably take $180,000 to assist closing the Tama County Mental Health Clinic and transferring the consumers. He says Tama County had budgeted $144,000.

Next weeks meeting will be changed to Tuesday, due to the Property Tax sale being held on Monday in the Board of Supervisors room. County Treasurer Michelle Yuska said the date is set by the state and she cannot change it.

Claims approved for the past week came totaled 136,879.



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