Commission green lights hog confinement facility west of Iroquois

PHOTO BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN Beadle County Director of Equalization Kim Eichstadt speaks during the Beadle County Commission meeting Thursday morning, where the application for a hog confinement operation for Banner Farms was approved.

HURON — The Beadle County commissioners worked through a busy agenda Thursday morning, including nearly an hour and a half convened as the board of adjustment to hear a presentation from Pipestone System regarding Banner Farms RE, LLC regarding a conditional use CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) permit for a Class A swine facility.

After Nick Fitzgerald of Pipestone presented the details about the facility, commissioners and the approximately 12 Beadle County residents in attendance asked questions of Pipestone representatives in attendance. Statements were read into the record in favor of the facility while multiple county residents had pointed questions about the business activities and environmental impact of the operation.

The responses to those questions satisfied the questions of county commissioners who approved the conditional use permit unanimously through roll call vote (Commissioner Rick Benson was absent) without conditions.

While convened as the board of adjustment, commissioners also approved William Folk’s variance request to build an addition on an existing Morton building on his property.

Highway superintendent Merl Hanson reported that load limits will likely be placed on county highways at some point next week, but he hopes that those limits will be short-lived.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of Jerry Bockorny from the highway department. The Beadle County Commission would like to thank Jerry for his years of service to the county.

The commission chose to address the first reading of the repeal of last March’s COVID-19 ordinance on March 9 after consultation with the state attorney. Commissioners chose to extend the county’s mask resolution to April 1.

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