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County OKs New Fashion Pork permit

By Staff | May 19, 2011

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday by a 3-2 vote approved a permit application by new Fashion Pork for a confinement operation in eastern Emmet County.

The 4,400-head facility will be on 520th Avenue in Section 6 of Armstrong Grove Township. Some opposition to the confinement came from area residents during an April 19 public hearing.

Voting not to appeal the application were Bev Juhl, Ron Smith and Alan Madden while Jon Martyr and Tim Schumacher voted against the motion.

In other business, the board approved a drainage filter strip resolution. Resolution 11-6 is titled a “Resolution barring the placement of buffer strips and general plantings enrolled in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program on or adjacent to drainage district facilities within the boundaries of Emmet County.”

The supervisors approved the resolution due to concern that between May 15 and Aug. 1 waivers will no longer be allowed to pile dirt on drainage ditch filter strips, severely hamstringing the county’s efforts to maintain drainage ditches.

“It could kill the filter strip program once you figure the extra cost added to the cost of construction (of ditches),” Madden said of the waiver freeze.

Madden said drainage districts could pay farmers for crop damage for loss of Conservation Reserve Program payments on filter strips.

In other business, the board approved a fireworks permit for Paul Slaughter for July 4.

The board also acknowledged receiving the employee personnel policy review and will later decide on the recommendations.

The board approved a bid of $52,000 by Vogel Paint to paint highway markings throughout half the county.