This is in response to the spin of the letter “Is This Good Government?” (Press & Dakotan, Nov. 29):
To clarify, county commissioners have attended EVERY local pro-CAFO event, including hog barn open houses, presentations and fundraisers held by Families Feeding Families, a pro-CAFO lobby group.
In contrast, two commissioners attended ONE of the seven events sponsored by Quality of Life for South Dakota and Dakota Rural Action.
The special meeting referred to was held in response to a flurry of “contingent” CAFO building permits along with threats to legally challenge our zoning ordinance. Obviously, with these threats to the county, a special meeting was in order. Let us not forget the actions of the previous commission last December, who held numerous “special meetings” in order to pass a rash of last-minute CAFO permits. Hypocrisy much?
Hog barns are not a permitted use in Yankton County, and require a conditional-use permit. In the past 2 1/2 years, over 20 permits were granted with zero conditions. Since taking office in January, the current commission has heard only one request for a hog confinement. It was granted, with the condition of added water monitoring wells.
A very small number of producers are feeling quite “put out.” It’s no wonder after being given carte blanche by the past commission. They have publicly stated that their rights are more important than — and take precedence over — non-producers and city residents.
The reality is, members of our current commission are representing the interests of the entire county. It’s about time.