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Commissioners OK new conditional use permit for Holland Pork

WILLMAR -- A new conditional use permit with a revised set of conditions was approved Tuesday for Holland Pork Inc. of rural Prinsburg.

The Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved the permit to allow the cooperative to spread manure in the four sections of land that surround the city of Prinsburg. Under the original permit approved in 1996, the hog cooperative was prohibited from applying manure on farmland in those four sections.

The exception is a small rectangle of land just north of the city limits. The city requested that manure not be allowed there to provide a buffer for a proposed housing development in that area.

Last week, the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission declined to take action on a request to allow Holland Pork to spread manure on farmland inside the city limits, saying that falls under the city's jurisdiction.

County Attorney Boyd Beccue said on Tuesday, however, that because the county is issuing the permit the county could establish conditions that would apply even inside the Prinsburg city limits. Based on that, the commissioners approved a condition Tuesday that will prohibit Holland Pork from applying manure anywhere inside the city limits.

In other business Tuesday:

- The commissioners were informed that a $61,000 grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources had been received for a cooperative project between the county, the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District and the Diamond Lake Association to consider conducting inspections of existing septic systems on homes around Diamond Lake.

- The commissioners approved a contract with Bolton & Menk Engineering of Willmar for survey and design services for a proposed sanitary sewer system for Nest, George and Henderson lakes that would be part of the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District system.

- The commissioners approved a proposal to record 150 years' worth of images in the recorder's office, estimated at $193,786, and approved a plan to conduct a flyover of the county for improved geographic information system mapping, estimated at $162,529. Money for the projects will come from the compliance fund generated from fees that are charged for services at the recorder's office.

- Three-year contracts for family services and public health employees were approved. The contract includes a 3 percent cost of living increase in salary.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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