Hancock County Board OKs permit for nearly 5K-head hog confinement

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Source: Britt News Tribune

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors has approved a construction permit application for a proposed hog confinement operation northwest of Crystal Lake.

The county board’s unanimous decision came after a public hearing Monday, Aug. 20, where no verbal or written comments were received.

“I got to say you did a good job picking a site because we don’t have anyone here complaining,” said Supervisor Jerry Tlach, who is also board chair.

The public hearing was set after the county board received a construction permit application from Summit Pork II LLC, of Alden, for the proposed confinement feeding operation in Section 5 of Crystal Township.

According to the application, Summit Pork II plans to build two new deep-pit swine-finisher confinement buildings at the site to house 4,999 head of swine.

The LLC is registered to Eric Peterson, president of Summit Agricultural Group, according to the Iowa Secretary of State database.

Mitch Baum, Summit Agricultural Group business development manager, and Brian Ritland, Pinnacle agronomic services director, attended the hearing to answer any questions.

The proposed buildings earned a score of 495 on the master matrix, the required framework for scoring such applications, Tlach said, according to paperwork completed by Andy Buffington, Hancock County Communications, Zoning and E911 director, who was unable to attend the hearing.

Buffington said the score was verified during a site visit with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Aug. 9, and he recommended approval.

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