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Cerro Gordo supervisors deny hog confinement permit after owner fails matrix

Cerro Gordo county supervisors

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo county board of supervisors on Tuesday denied a permit for construction requested by an existing hog confinement.

The board held a public hearing this morning at their regular meeting on Luscombe Enterprises’ application for a construction permit. This is an existing operation located at 7442 Balsam Avenue in the southwest corner of the county, in rural Ventura.

Luscombe proposed two new buildings – a 50 head cattle barn (replacing one which burned last year) and a new swine nursery, proposed ½-mile west of Balsam along 160th Street (a Level B, minimum maintenance road). The additional animal units resulted in Luscombe having to submit a scored Master Matrix as part of the construction permit application.

Upon receiving the Matrix, the Department of Public Health and the Planning & Zoning Department scored the Matrix. The County awarded only 405 overall points. This was 115 less than Luscombe awarded itself and 40 points less than what is required to pass.

The board unanimously voted to recommend denial of the construction permit to the DNR based on the county’s scoring of the Matrix.

On October 2, 2016, at approximately 3:17 AM, Cerro Gordo deputies responded to a large hog confinement building on fire at 7442 Balsam Avenue, rural Ventura. The building is owned by Luscombe Enterprises. A large hog confirement building containing approximately 250 female hogs and 2500 piglets was destroyed. There was no one injured in the incident.

Luscombe Enterprises can appeal to the state.

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