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Rembrandt Enterprises to expand again

Monday, October 23, 2006

On the heels of one controversial major expansion plan, Rembrandt Enterprises has filed a request for a zoning change to make way for more growth.

Kim Johnson, zoning and environmental official for the county, told county supervisors this week that the egg breaking facility wants a change from Agricultural A-1 to Industrial I-1 on an area of land.

A plan is in place to expand the facilities onto 4.02 acres of land.

"If they are planning on adding another two million chickens, is that lagoon big enough to handle it or are they going to have to expand it?" questioned Supervisor Jim Gustafson.

According to Johnson, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is responsible for what happens with the lagoon.

Supervisor Herb Crampton also stated concern with the project moving closer to the 480th Street.

The earlier expansion created an uproar among neighbors to the plant, who packed the courthouse courtroom for an emotional public hearing, in which they said manure, odor and flies from the operation were in some cases ruining their quality of life. The county initially denied Rembrandt Enterprises' master matrix application for that expansion.

To start the rezoning process for the newest expansion, the county's Zoning Commission will meet to go over the request. The meeting is open to the public and the Commission will make a recommendation to allow or not allow the request.

The Board of Supervisors will hear the recommendation from the commission and will make a decision on the company's request.

A public hearing is set for November 7 at 8:30 a.m. where the Supervisors will open the floor to hear from anyone from the public who has concerns or objections to the proposed petition, as well as any supporters. Also letters sent to Johnson at the courthouse from people who are not able to attend would be read out loud for the board to consider.

The Supervisors will then adopt a resolution to amend the ordinance map or refuse the request.

According to County Auditor Karen Strawn, the public is always welcomed to voice their opinions during any public meeting.

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