The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 16, 2014

Van Buren supervisors deny hog confinement permit application

KEOSAUQUA — A proposed swine building in Chequest Township didn’t receive a seal of approval from Van Buren County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors voted Monday to recommend to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to deny the permit. Supervisor Bob Waugh said the county’s master matrix point evaluation on the Corey Austin (Squealer’s Nook) proposed expansion failed to have the minimum number of points required.

The county has adopted the construction evaluation resolution known as the master matrix, which gives the supervisors input on proposed confinement facilities. Producers in counties who have adopted the matrix must meet higher standards than other permitted facilities. Before they can be approved for construction, they must earn points on the master matrix for choosing sites and using practices that reduce adverse impacts on the environment and the community. Producers must have 50 percent (440 points minimum) of the total score and at least 25 percent of the available points in each of the three subcategories of air, water and community impacts to pass the master matrix.

The IDNR will evaluate the site. The producer also gave his score.

Waugh said he was at the site, which is in section 32 of Chequest Township, Friday. An IDNR official who was scheduled to be with Waugh to score the facility failed to show up, Waugh said. The DNR later told him they were to be at the site Monday, but a person in attendance at the meeting said the IDNR rescheduled their visit to Friday.

Waugh scored the confinement as a representative of the county and said that the facility failed to get the necessary points. “The producer took 30 points under No. 4, on water source, but he failed to meet the definition of a water source. I determined he did not qualify for the points. I define a water source as cutting a ditch and the water will run in it. Using the ditch, the distance is less than the minimum requirement. That put their score below the matrix minimum,” said Waugh.

Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • MHP designated a Blue Zones Worksite OSKALOOSA — Blue Zones Project Oskaloosa today announced Mahaska Health Partnership has been named a designated Blue Zones Worksite. Mahaska Health Partnership was designated after completing the necessary items in the Blue Zones Project worksite ple

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 Medics Skills Photo Local medics advance skills

    Six EMTs from Mercy Medical Center have completed the work necessary to become paramedics.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eddyville gets $1M federal grant for flood project EDDYVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The city of Eddyville is getting more than $1 million to improve its stormwater handling system to protect the city from Des Moines River flooding. The funding, announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, comes from the Federa

    July 22, 2014

  • Art show photo 2 Young artists show work at Oskaloosa Art Center

    OSKALOOSA—Several pieces of art were on display at the Oskaloosa Art Center Friday featuring works by kids in local elementary schools. The artists include those from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Briana Bartlett, who teaches art for elementary

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fundraiser for soldiers' families approaching

    CENTERVILLE — Justin Zaputil remembers when Master Sgt. Travis Riddick died. The common reactions didn’t feel right. Mourning and then moving on left something undone. It didn’t seem to accomplish what Zaputil and a handful of others wanted. It didn’

    July 21, 2014

  • 072114 Howard Service Photo 2 Hundreds attend Howard graveside services Several hundred men, women and children attended the 11 a.m. Saturday graveside services for Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. “Bobby” Howard at Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton.Pastor Brian Hargrave officiated. Hargrave talked about why we co

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Edouard appeal

    The Iowa Supreme Court has overruled the state appeals court decision on whether a former Pella pastor could be convicted on charges of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Zones photo Blue Zones hold cooking demonstration at farmers' market

    OSKALOOSA — Two local chefs gave a cooking demonstration at the Oskaloosa Farmers’ Market Tuesday afternoon to show just what you can do with produce you buy there. Renee Edgar and Michael Glesener set up a portable kitchen on the east side of the cit

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suit: Nursing home not providing information KEOSAUQUA — Plaintiffs in a suit against an area nursing home have accused the defendants of dragging their heels in providing required information. The case involves the family of Mary Sprouse, who died after a fall at the Good Samaritan Society’s f

    July 17, 2014

  • Group to give advice on Lee County's consolidation MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) — A committee plans to turn in a recommendation soon to officials on whether Lee County should keep its unique distinction of two county seats. The committee said Tuesday it will submit a recommendation to the Lee County Board of

    July 17, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National