Yankton County commissioners are elected officials whose job is to represent all of Yankton County citizens. As elected officials you should look at all sides of a controversial subject.
When county commissioners attend a meeting for Quality of Life and watch a movie about hog CAFOs, clearly geared to sway an opinion one way, a commissioner should take the time and effort to look at it from another perspective so an educated decision can be made with all the facts.
I also want to point out the message that having an emergency meeting to shut down CAFOs (being built by family farms in hopes to keep adult children farming) due to 30 complaints gives the citizens of our county. The appearance to scramble to shut them down only continues to encourage hysteria and divide in our community, especially with inflammatory remarks made at the emergency meeting to include Dan Klimisch’s statement about the community being scared they will wake up surrounded by CAFO’s — again, without completely educating one’s self on the subject.
Leadership should attempt to bring our community together. It should encourage neighbors to talk with neighbors instead of reading emails from Quality of Life members into the minutes.
It is concerning to me how some commissioners continued to try to shut down the hog-barn construction even when the state’s attorney had told them numerous times, due to the process written out in our county ordinance (there to protect citizens’ rights), the current hog barns under construction are within legal parameters. Most concerning is Dan Klimisch’s statement “these are the laws, unfortunately, we have to follow.”
The commission’s job is to be unbiased and run the commission for all citizens of Yankton County based on ordinances designed to protect our rights, not to pick ideas you like and scramble to get rid of anything you don’t. Yankton County citizens should be scared of the current commissioners’ idea of how a government is run because, from this angle, it looks a lot like a dictatorship, and who knows what is on their chopping block next.