Proposed hog confinement moves to Illinois Department of Agriculture
2 months, 1 week ago by Denise Donley
Adams County Board says confinement meets requirements
The Adams County Board approved by a 14-5 vote that a proposed hog confinement has met the eight criteria required by Illinois law at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will now make the decision as to if the hog confinement will be built or not.
D&B Farms LLC proposed a hog building be built two miles southwest of Lima and house about 4,900 hogs.
Waste from the hog confinement would be stored underneath the building and injected into nearby soil to help fertilize future crops
Adams County Board Chairman Les Post said the board members made their decision after looking at all of the details.
“Based on the information from last week’s public meeting and conversations with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, I think the board members are confident that the eight criteria have been met.”
“The board’s decision doesn’t mean the hog confinement will be built,” said Post. “The Department of Agriculture has the final say as to whether the building gets built or not.”
“Our vote tonight was not saying it is ok to build it, it’s saying that the eight criteria defined in the state law have been met,” said Post. “Our vote tonight was not whether we are in favor of the building or whether we think it built, it’s whether it has met the criteria of the state law.”
According to Daron Duke, owner of D&B Farms LLC, the Department of Agriculture has 15 business days to make its decision. He said he and his father have been looking into this project for about seven years, but really made a push back in August.
Kevin Tushaus, who lives less than a half mile from the proposed building site, said he has nothing to gain and everything to lose.
“I’m very disappointed. I’m concerned about the loss of my property value, noise, odor and air pollution, traffic issues, and my own personal health,” said Tushaus. “I’ve invested my life savings into this log home and living my dream, but now this.”
If the Department of Agriculture approves the proposal, Duke would like to begin construction as soon as possible.
In other business, Duane Venverloth, Chairman of the Finance Committee, reported the County is exactly on target with its health insurance. He reported that 85% of prescriptions issued are generic, proving that county employees are engaged in keeping costs low.
Adams County Treasurer Terry Asher was approved as judiciary agent for the Western Illinois Task Force.
Road district Motor Fuel Tax Maintenance Materials bids were reported and approved.
The Adams County Board will meet next on Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:00 p.m.