Cass Supervisors to act on farm credits and zoning ordinance


January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will act on three separate matters during their meeting Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. In addition to their regular business, the Board will act on approving the hiring of a full-time legal administrative assistant, and vote to allow or disallow family farm and agricultural land credits, in accordance with the Iowa Code.

And, the Board will hold the second of two public hearings on an amended zoning ordinance, which would change the County Zoning District permitted principal uses. Last week, the board discussed the addition of a single word in one line of a section of the amendment, as proposed, with regard to areas zoned for Light Industry. They instructed Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner to review the ordinance and see if the wording was necessary, redundant, and/or would put the County at-risk for seeing Heavy Industry slip into a Light Industrial Zone.

The final vote may impact an agreement the County has with Ron Fagen, who has purchased the former Amaizing Energy site just northwest of Atlantic, and has plans to bring in a renewable energy production facility of some sort. Originally, he had proposed building a next generation cellulosic ethanol plant to the area, but those plans appear to have changed, and it is not clear what will end-up at the site.

Prior to adjournment, the Cass County Supervisors will review and discuss proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budgets. Their meeting begins at 9-a.m. in the Cass County Courthouse.