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Humboldt County revisits livestock facility proposal

By Staff | Nov 7, 2016

DAKOTA CITY – A proposed livestock facility came before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for the second time on Monday.

The board discussed a permit application for a livestock facility which it denied in September. The request was for the Elmer Finishing livestock confinement in Section 6 of Avery Township, northwest of Bradgate. Plans called for increasing the current facility from 2,490 head to 5,000 head.

Denial of the application was recommended by the Board of Adjustment because of the lack of a site survey, concerns that the increase in the number of animals could potentially affect the ground and surface water quality of the Des Moines River, and the site’s location adjacent to the city limits of Bradgate.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has since denied the application, and the property owner will have to resubmit it. That means the county has 30 days to include a provision as to how to close an open waterway nearby. The waterway is owned by another landowner and his approval is needed to close the waterway.

The waterway empties into a county road ditch and then enters a tile under the road and disappears, Supervisor Rick Pedersen said.

“The landowner is not opposed to the hog building being built if the water situation is taken care of,” Pedersen said. “But he is not going to spend his money to change that to the benefit of his neighbor.”

The landowner wants written documentation from his neighbor and the hog facility as to the cost and what the project will look like when it is done.

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