Supervisors wait for Master Matrix
Jefferson County Supervisors had meeting agenda items today to set a date for scoring a Master Matrix for KK Finisher and a date for a public hearing about the site matrix, but took no action this morning.
“All of this paperwork does not include the Master Matrix scoring,” said supervisor chairman Lee Dimmitt. “There’s the cover letter that says the Master Matrix is included, along with construction plans, but I have looked through the packet and have asked others, and cannot find the Master Matrix.”
Supervisor Dick Reed said each supervisor should receive a copy of the matrix scoring a week or so before the date for scoring.
“Let’s tentatively set the scoring date for June 3, on the condition we have a copy of the Master Matrix by noon Thursday,” said Dimmitt. “The DNR needs the supervisors’ recommendation by June 24.
“I’ll call Brian today and let him know we need copies and we’ve postponed a public hearing date about KK Finisher site matrix.”
KK Finisher owner Ryan Robertson has hired Brian Ritland, director of agronomic services at Pinnacle in Iowa Falls, a manure management, agronomic and environmental consulting firm, to consult.
The Department of Natural Resources asks for a county supervisors’ recommendation about planned CAFOs.
In December, Robertson had submitted a Master Matrix, applying to add 1,476 hogs to his 2,200-head operations in Penn Township. The animal unit capacity after the building expansion would have been for a total of 3,690 head of swine finishers.
The supervisors gave 400 points to the Master Matrix reviewed in December and recommended the DNR not approve the CAFO application.
A Master Matrix has a possible maximum score of 880. Only 50 percent, or 440 points, are needed by producers to pass the Master Matrix.
A year previous, December 2011, Robertson’s KK Finisher applied for a permit to expand at the same site, 1031 Quince Ave., in Penn Township, and twice failed to meet the minimum 440 points out of a total of 880 on the Master Matrix.
The board held a public hearing today to amend the fiscal year 2013 budget. Other county taxes and TIF tax revenues increased by $19,556; charges for services increased by $53,428; and miscellaneous revenues decreased by $122,939.
Public safety and legal services expenditures increase by $7,872; physical health and social services expenditures increased by $6,000; roads and transportation expenses increased by $228,000; government services to residents expenditures increased $7,750; and capital projects expenses decreased by $8,000.
Amending this year’s budget does not increase the taxes collected for the fiscal year ending June 30. All three supervisors approved the amendment.
Dimmitt said he, Reed and county engineer Scott Cline drove out to look at Salina Road last week in the afternoon.
Salina Road was resurfaced last summer with boiler slag and vehicles began having problems with flying rocks cracking windshields. Last fall, the supervisors and Cline agreed to resurface the road with lime chips, which helped cut down on flying rocks.
“Looking at the road, I believe when the weather turns hot, we’re going to have problems,” said Dimmitt.
Reed said the area hadn’t received that much hot weather since the last application was made on Salina Road around October.
“I don’t know that we can go out there and spend more money,” said Reed. “We’ve already spent about a half million.
“It’s tar … I hear concerns about large vehicles, large wheels, tear it up; but I think we need to watch it and spot-sand it.”
“It didn’t look as if the whole road needed sand, just some spots,” he said.
An audience member, Tom Adam, said he’s a resident on Salina Road and he attended the supervisors meeting to speak for himself and other neighbors.
“We see and use the road in all weather, day-to-day,” said Adam. “You don’t travel it day-to-day. We’re right there. The first warm day, vehicles pulled on the road” creating ruts.
Adam said snowplows and high traffic use have taken their tolls on the road.
“I want to have an open discussion,” he said. “We’ve tried sand, it didn’t help.”
Cline said no sand has been applied to Salina Road since the reseal.
“The first application was boiler slag,” said Reed. “That wasn’t sticking. Then the board directed re-doing the surface and tar was laid down. It’s a different surface with limey chips.”
Cline said the second resurfacing helped with some of the problems.
“I’m here to say the exact thing is happening, you can look at the hood of my tractor and see the road’s big chunks of rock,” said Adam. “From my experience as an engineer, this road is going to give you trouble.”
Reed said he was hearing Adam and the supervisors plan to keep watching the road and lay down sand as needed.
“I’d be glad to drive the road with you,” said Adam. “One of my neighbors is in construction. His truck peeled tracks into the driveway. Sand may help, but the tar is there.”
Another audience member, not a resident of Salina Road, Jack Ritz, said the road has never had enough hot weather to set.
“You have two layers of binders and two layers of rock and it hasn’t had a chance to set,” he said. “It needs to go through hot days to set.”