I am opposed to the proposed New Fashion Pork hog confinement project location north of Estherville. The location is approximately 1.4 miles north of the Estherville city limits. The siting is both unreasonable and unacceptable.
This has the potential of ruining our quality of life, diminution of property values and will also have an extremely adverse impact on funeral services and graveside visits at the two cemeteries north of Estherville, not to mention the environmental impact to the Des Moines River and adjacent recreational DNR land.
An informational community meeting sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Emmet County will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Regional Wellness Center to discuss this problem and what we can do about it. A New Fashion Pork Representative has been invited to attend and participate. The Estherville City Council has gone on record with a public resolution opposing the location of this confinement. I would encourage the Emmet County Board of Supervisors to take a stand and follow suit.
We have just learned that the Emmet County taxpayers will be asked to pay an approximate $50,000 to upgrade the roads in this area to accommodate the project. This project should be sited where the county road system can handle the traffic or the project developer should pay 100% of the road upgrade cost. They also should be sited a minimum of 2 miles from any city limits in the entire county.
Please plan to attend the meeting on May 15th to learn more about this issue. It will take a community-wide effort to convince this developer to move the location further away from the city.