Special Public hearing on Adair County CAFO Monday


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A special, public hearing will be held Monday evening in Greenfield, with regard to the proposed construction of a large, Confined Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, in the southern part of Adair County. Auditor Mindy Schaefer says Eric Taylor has submitted an application for a hog and pig feeding facility to be located somewhat south and between Fontanelle and Orient. She says the proposal calls for a 2,480 head feeder operation, which means the Animal Unit Capacity is 1,984. Since it’s over the threshold of 1,000, Adair County can use the Master Matrix scoring method to make it’s recommendation to the DNR following the public hearing.

The public hearing will last no longer than 90-minutes, with three-minutes allowed per speaker. No designees will be allowed. Sign-up for the hearing begins at 6:30-p.m., Monday in the Courtroom at the Adair County Courthouse. A member of the Board of Supervisors will sign-up speakers on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will make their comments in the order they signed-up. Once the meeting begins, no additional speakers will be allowed to sign-up, or speak.

Written comments must be presented to the Board of Supervisors by mail or hand-delivered prior to the public hearing at 7-p.m.. Schaefer says only written comments will accompany the Board of Supervisor’s recommendation to the DNR, along with the Master Matrix scoring.

Schaefer says experience has taught her these types of meetings are usually well attended.