The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 18, 2013

Some not wild about hogs

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — No decision has been made on a proposal for a hog confinement operation in rural Clinton County.

This facility would be located approximately 7 miles southeast of Elwood and 5 to 6 miles northwest of Welton. The Clinton County Board of Supervisors will meet at 10:30 a.m. Friday to approve or deny Michael Schmidt’s request. The paperwork must be filed by June 24.

Neighbors of the proposed Deep Creek Pork facility raised concerns during the Clinton County Board of Supervisors’ meeting Monday. Delores and Darik Flathers said they did not want to cause Schmidt any trouble but Delores Flathers questioned the overall environmental impact of the operation, as well as the air quality and level of noise.

“We’re just a little bit concerned about the size of this and what might happen,” she said. “It’s been our home and we’d like to keep it that way.”

“When is enough going to be enough for the county?” asked Flathers, concerned about the day they even more confinement facilities crop up.

Schmidt said his home and farm are even closer to his proposed facility location. He has considered it for 10 to 12 years and hopes to minimize the operation’s impact on his neighbors.

“Their concerns have been my concerns,” Schmidt said. “I am interested in trying to do everything I can to minimize anyone else’s effect.”

He hopes to fertilize his area and service the core farms. He will rent land where he disperses the manure.

“And at the price of fertilizer, they’ll probably be standing in line, saying ‘put it on mine,’” Supervisor Jill Davisson said. “I don’t think that’ll be an issue.”

Paul Ketelsen, interim planning and zoning director, confirmed he has filed a manure management plan. Manure will be applied in either the spring or the fall.

Representatives from Pinacle Group said clearing the pit should take 12 consecutive hours. They expect to be in and out in two days. Schmidt conceded there will be an odor, but it should dissipate after a day or two.