Supervisors Approve Conditional Use Permits
Conditional Use Permits for confinement animal feeding operations were considered by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting held May 30, at the Palo Alto County Courthouse. Four permits were considered by the board.
The first site, submitted by Mike Kollasch, is located in Freedom Township.
“Planning and Zoning met last night,” said Palo Alto County Zoning Administrator Joe Neary, introducing the matter to the board. I’ve done a site visit and the DNR was there. The county’s job is to verify the points taken in the Master Matrix, and the points were all good. The location meets the Good Neighbor Policy, so Planning and Zoning recommended that the Supervisors approve the site plan.”
With no further discussion, the board approved a conditional use permit.
The second permit considered was for Summit Farms.
“Who is the closest neighbor?” asked Supervisor Ed Noonan.
“That would be Bill Ulrich to the east,” said Neary. “The closest neighbor is 3,600 feet. I verified the points with the Master Matrix. They changed to two pitted barns last week, so the Master Matrix score actually went up. They meet all requirements as well as the Good Neighbor Policy.”
Supervisor Keith Wirtz interjected, “I need to bring something up about Summit Farms. They haul all their grain away from here and haul all their own chemicals. They buy lots of land and spend little money here in the county.”
The Pinnacle representative, who works with Summit Farms, noted that he will share that information with them, and stated that it was “probably convenience that they do that.”
“Why can’t they build hog barns over there in Hardin County?” asked Supervisor Jerry Hofstad, referring to the home county of Summit Farms.
The representative answered that Summit Farms does, indeed, build hog confinements in Hardin County.
With no further discussion, the Supervisors voted to approve a Conditional Use Permit for the site plan. Hofstad cast the sole “nay” vote.
The third permit considered by the Supervisors was submitted by Dave Kassel for a site in Silver Lake Township.
Neary said, “This is a permitted site with the DNR and it meets the Good Neighbor Policy. Dave Kassel had looked at three different sites.”
“We do appreciate that you try and put it in the most friendly place,” said Wirtz, addressing Kassel, who was in attendance at the meeting.
The Conditional Use Permit was then approved.
The fourth and final Conditional Use Permit considered was for a 40,000-bird turkey facility located in Great Oak Township, submitted by Jarred Schmidt. It was noted that this site is a Sara Lee owned facility. Manure would be stored in a shed and sold to AgPartners.
This final Conditional Use Permit was also approved by the Supervisors, bringing discussion to a close.