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Humboldt supervisors give conditional support to livestock facility expansion

By Staff | Nov 15, 2016

DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to recommend the approval of a livestock facility expansion pending the resolution of some waterway issues.

The Board agreed to tell the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that is favored the permit application for the facility near Bradgate.

The DNR has the final say.

If it is eventually approved, the Elmer Finishing confinement in section 6 of Avery Township north and west of Bradgate would have an increased capacity of from 2,490 head to 5,000 head.

The Supervisors, acting on a recommendation from the Humboldt County Board of Adjustment, originally denied the request in September.

Those reasons included the lack of a site survey, concerns that the increased number of animals could potentially affect the ground and surface water quality in the Des Moines River, and the site’s location adjacent to the city limits of Bradgate.

The DNR then denied the application due to a nearby waterway.

After that denial, the county had 30 days to include a provision as to how to close the open waterway across the road from the site.

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

It is on property owned by Grekur LLC. According to online records, Grekur is listed as an “Iowa domestic profit” and is a nonclassified establishment with a Humboldt address. Gregory Stoebe is listed as both the director and treasurer.

The waterway needs to be addressed before any construction could begin, Pedersen said Monday.

The landowner has outlined the conditions under which he would allow the county to come onto his land to correct the waterway.

“The landowner is fine, the way I understand, it if they do everything he asks for in his letter,” Pedersen said.

The landowner asks that his land is restored to it’s original state afterward at no cost to himself.

“Right now, if we had a spill out there, in 100 feet it is going to be in this waterway,” Pedersen said.

“That seems fair enough,” Supervisor Jerry Haverly said.

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