The Ottumwa Courier

March 1, 2013

Hog confinement facilities to be discussed

Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — Hog confinement operations at two sites in the southeast corner of Wapello County near Batavia are under consideration.

Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon is overseeing two proposed hearings on manure management facilities. She said this week she doesn’t know a lot about the proposed confinements.

A public hearing, however, has been set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, during the supervisors meeting at the courthouse, according to Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker.

Specific questions, including the number of hogs, may be addressed at the hearing.

Parker said he already has concerns including the specific plan for the confinements.

Spurgeon has wondered why county officials are involved when hog confinements are the concern of state officials.

“I don’t know a lot about hog confinements but the supervisors like to have a public hearing on it,” she said. “I send the minutes to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and to any people who were at the hearing.”

Spurgeon said the names on the paperwork are Nick and Jeff Adam, who are listed with the proposed Valley View Site One and Site Two.

“There’s nothing I can do other than look at the plan, show where the properties are and how many feet away they are from the creeks,” Spurgeon said.

The operation is outlined to be built in Section 12 of Washington Township, which borders the Wapello-Jefferson line.

The notice states the type of confinement feeding operation proposed will be two new 2,480-head deep-pit swine finisher confinement barns for a new swine confinement facility.

The animal unit capacity of the operation after expansion will be 1,984 animal units, which is 4,960 head of finishing swine.

The application is on file at the Wapello County Auditor’s Office and can by viewed by the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Various maps and statistics can also be viewed at office.

Written comments may be filed at the County Auditor’s Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Attempts to reach Nick and Jeff Adam for comment were not successful as of press time.

Community meeting

A group of area residents is hosting an informal community meeting to discuss the two proposed hog confinements.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. tonight at the Batavia Community Center.

The meeting is open to the public.