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Hog confinement hearing on Tuesday

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 10:56 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 10:58 a.m. CST

Tuesday should be a short day of work for the Jasper County Board of Supervisors as only two items are listed on the agenda.

County Sanitarian Kevin Luetters will hold his second public hearing in as many weeks on hog confinements. This week, Gregg and Larry Pleima are seeking to expand their operation in Elk Creek Township from 4,000 finished market hog heads to 6,800.

Last week’s request for approval was unanimously approved by the board and Joe Brock expressed his gratitude towards Judson Vos who was present.

“Sounds like you are bringing another generation in and the hogs make that a possibility,” Brock said. “I’ve been driving around the county the last couple of weeks... (and) I do notice the farm construction, the big silos, the hog buildings, machine sheds. There is a lot of building going on.”

“… Guys like you who are willing to take the risk and make the investment and then put work into it — it’s not easy. I just wanted to thank you,” he continued. “You’re on the right track, and that’s what we need in this county.”

The second item on the agenda is a transfer order request from County Treasurer Doug Bishop. Bishop is seeking to transfer $88,773.06 from the county’s general basic fund into the secondary roads fund.

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

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