County board approves permit for pig farm, declares county Second Amendment sanctuary

County board approves permit for pig farm, declares county Second Amendment sanctuary

Dodge County Board The Dodge County Board of Supervisors approved a permit for a proposed pig farm north of Snyder and declared the county a “Second Amendment sanctuary” at its meeting Wednesday. The proposed 40-acre site, located near the intersection of County Roads A and 14, would farm around 12,500 hogs as part of an agreement between Bluestem Systems and landowners Gary and Chris Reimers. Although a recommendation for a conditional use permit was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission, several nearby landowners were present at the meeting’s public hearing to speak against the site. “Our concern in this particular case isn’t the fact that it’s an agricultural operation being potentially located here, it’s the intensity of this particular operation’s scope that all of the neighbors believe is beyond the reasonable purview of what this land should be used for,” attorney David Mitchell said. Mitchell, who represents Gary Hasemann, a landowner to the north of the proposed site, said although the nearby residents are livestock-friendly, they were given short notice on the situation. “The first time the neighbors had notice of this was a posting of the hearing the Thursday before the actual hearing took place,” he said. “So no plans have been shared, no concerns have been addressed.” Other residents at the meeting also expressed their frustration with the lack of communication from the site. “When we had that original meeting, we really didn’t know what they were going to do,” Hasemann said. “So we came in there […]

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