Supervisors to have final votes on Vos hog confinement expansion

Published: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 11:32 a.m. CDT

On Tuesday, the Jasper County Board of Supervisors will formally vote to waive its right to appeal Judson Vos’ hog confinement expansion to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The board formally recommended the expansion to IDNR on Sept. 10.

In its letter to IDNR, board chair Dennis Stevenson explained the board’s decision.

“After consideration of this matter, the board supports allowing construction to begin as soon as possible,” he wrote. “The board voted unanimously to unconditionally and irrevocably waive its rights to appeal the above referenced permit and we would ask that the Iowa DNR issue the final permit immediately.”

Vos’ expansion will double his operation taking him from being able to hold 2,400 heads to being capable of holding 4,800 market hogs.

In addition to voting on the approval of the letter, the board will also vote on formally adopting a resolution on the matter.

County Engineer Russ Stutt will ask the board to give final approval for the overlay project for County Blacktop T38. During the Sept. 10 meeting, the board approved a deal between the county and the Iowa Department of Transportation for the county to receive federal funds for road projects.

It was during this meeting that Stutt specifically mentioned T38 as a beneficiary for these funds. The agenda doesn’t specify when the work will start or how long the project will take.

Stutt will also ask the board to consider vacating a part of Main Street in Killduff. In the resolution, Stutt describes how much of the road he is suggesting be vacated.

“All that part of Main Street lying south of the south line of Lot 11, Block 11, and the south line of Lot 6, Block 12 all In Killduff, Jasper County, Iowa.”

In other business:

• Jasper County Director of Veteran’s Affairs Chris Chartier will present his quarterly report to the board. His office allocated $20,662.76 during the last quarter and has $77,362.24 remaining for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

• Voting on setting a date for the opening bids for county crop ground, pasture and timber. The suggested date is Nov. 5.

• Jasper County Human Resources Director Dennis Simon will present options for county employees’ medical benefits for board approval.

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.

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