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Wright county imposes strict rules on public comments connected to slaughterhouse project



This news story was published on July 24, 2016.
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Hogs lay dead at a Wright county confinement

Hogs lay dead at a Wright county confinement

CLARION, IOWA – Elected officials in Wright county, Iowa have imposed strict rules on comments from the public at a hearing scheduled for Monday in Clarion on a proposed pig slaughterhouse.

At 9:30 AM Monday morning at the Wright county courthouse, Bryce Davis, Wright County Economic Development Director will present on the proposed $240 million Prestage pork plant. It is slated to be built 5 miles south of Eagle Grove, near Webster City and Fort Dodge. The 3-member board of supervisors will then hold first reading of the executive summary of the development agreement with Prestage, and second reading of Ordinance #50 on amendment to Zoning Ordinance for the unincorporated portion of Wright County. This zoning amendment would change the land where the plant would be built to an industrial zone instead of an agricultural zone. Also, second reading of Ordinance #51 will be held, on an amendment to provide for a change in zoning map of real property from agriculture to industrial

Prior to that presentation, a public hearing on entering into a Development Agreement with Prestage Foods of Iowa, LLC, will be held.

Leading up to this meeting, the board of supervisors also adopted rules for the public hearing. According to KLMJ Radio, Wright County residents will be allowed to speak first. Once they are done, those from surrounding counties and beyond will allegedly be allowed to speak. KLMJ says the supervisors imposed a rule where “those who plan to speak will have 2 minutes and for those coming in groups, one person representing that group will be allowed to speak.”

In Mason City, leading up to the defeat of Prestage, everyone was treated the same and given a full 5 minutes to speak.

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21 Responses to Wright county imposes strict rules on public comments connected to slaughterhouse project

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Excuse me ! I heard the chinese government will have control of this plant ?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2016 at 9:16 am

      You are thinking of Smithfield. They are already in Mason City but have nothing to do with this.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Welcome to the Eagle Grove, USSR !

  3. Dolly Mattson Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Anonymous
    Mason City has no right at all to be there. Those that were against it were very rude and demeaning not only to Prestage but also to other people in favor of it and especially to the CITY Council.

    • Vladimir Putin Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

      The People of Mason City have every right to be wherever they please. In your country there is freedom of movement as well as freedom of speech. On what Constitutional principle to you base your theory? BTW I like the way you think!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I agree

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        Mind you own business. You have enough problems right here without sticking your nose in other people’s business.

    • Deby Morgan Reply Report comment

      July 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Oh yes, most definitely the ACLU should be involved. SMH

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Not sure why Mason City residents would feel the need to be present. It doesn’t concern them at all.

    • Larry Reply Report comment

      July 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Where does it say anything about Mason City residents feeling the need to be there?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 24, 2016 at 11:26 pm

        It’s not in this article. I saw it on KIMT.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 25, 2016 at 12:15 am

          Ok, thought I missed something in the article, no sure why anyone from MC would want/need to be there either.

          • Patric Henry

            July 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

            County supervisors are now asserting their self proclaimed authority to restrict free speech. Since when does our right to express an opinion at a public forum depend on the location of the county in which we live. I hope the ACLU becomes involved.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 24, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      I agree

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

      if nothing else we should be there to offset all the greedy out of town pig farmers who are looking to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars of free money while evading all the social cost thrown on the back of local tax payers.

  5. watching Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I agree this is a decision for the taxpayers of Clarion to make. And hopefully they have some elected officials that will remember that they are elected to represent the will of the people. The people of Mason City made it clear that this plant was not wanted and we had three council members who were willing to do the right thing and vote this down when the majority of the community was against it.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      All Iowa taxpayers will be paying for this, not just Wright county.

  6. Anonymous.... Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I guess Mr.Prestage has figured out the only way he is going to get his pork processing plant in Iowa is to stifle the citizens. Keeping the people from voicing their opinion just might work for him this time.

  7. Donald T. Rump Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Good efforts but enough. Let’s go even further. Require a photo ID or certified birth certificate in order to register. Absolutely NO same day registration. Conceal and Carry attendees welcome and encouraged. Make America Safe Again.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I agree – neither out of town pig farmers nor environmentalist should have a say. Yes, this affects us all to some degree, but it’s the citizens of eagle Grove that are about to be royally sodomized and it need to be their decision alone wether to consent or not.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    just like in mason city i think that only the people in eagle grove should speak on prestage, because it effects people in the town most when you let outsiders speak it gives false thinking on what people in the town want.