The Grant County Commissioners met in a regular meeting Thursday, June 9. Community members attended to present questions about Ordinance 2016-1. The ordinance, which deals with CAFO operations, went into effect June 10.
Dan and Tammy Mikkelson queried the commission regarding the vesting process for a CAFO. They also requested information on how the ordinance would affect their operation and others like it which fall short of the 80-acre minimum required to apply for a CAFO permit.
Planning and Zoning Chairman Nancy Johnson addressed their issues and explained the permitting process. Due to the recent passage of the ordinance, the commission stated the administrative forms for compliance have not yet been developed. Todd Kays, Executive Director of First District, will attend an upcoming meeting to review concerns and to discuss the process used to create the forms for vesting an operation.
The commission also recommended various sections of the ordinance be edited for clarity. “We expect more questions from operations such as the Mikkelsons,” stated chairman Doug Stengel. “We will continue to work on this and clear things up as best we can instead of leaving unaddressed issues up to the mercy of requested variances. We thank the community for their understanding throughout this process.”
After other routine business, the commissioners performed a canvas of the June 7 primary election. All poll books and counted ballots were in agreement for a 49.4% voter turnout.
The next meetings of the Grant County Commissioners will be Tuesday, June 21, and Tuesday, July 5. Both begin at 8 a.m.