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Feedlot proposal before Beltrami County Board

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Feedlot proposal before Beltrami County Board
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The Beltrami County Board on Tuesday will hold its first public meeting on a proposal to expand a cattle feedlot in Alaska Township.

Similar hearings in other counties have packed boardrooms with people expressing passionate views on both sides of the issue.


But since Beltrami County never adopted the responsibility for feedlot regulation, Tuesday's public meeting is essentially a formality, with no action by the County Board.

Regulated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the location or expansion of feedlots may be a decision delegated to accepting counties, of which Beltrami County reneged. That leaves feedlot regulation in the county back to the MPCA.

Feedlots are systems in which farmers or ranchers handle manure produced by their livestock. MPCA regulations dictate how far away they must be from water, and how many animals can be served by the system.

In this case, Stan and Shari Mistic of Puposky are proposing to expand their feedlot now serving 1,000 head of cattle to one that can serve 1,135 head. The current feedlot serves 1,000 head on open ground lots.

"The public meeting is not a noticed public hearing," County Environmental Services Director Bill Patnaude wrote in a memo to commissioners. "The requirement is to have it placed on the regular board agenda. When it comes up on the evening's agenda, it is to have the record reflect the matter is open for discussion. No official action such as approve, deny or table is required."

The Mistics must provide the MPCA a copy of the board minutes.

The meeting is part of the County Board's 5 p.m. regular agenda at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave.

The board will also consider amendments to the Beltrami County Park and Trail Advisory Council Bylaws, which were agreed upon at the board's last work session.

The amendments call for increasing the number of at-large members from one to three, that members serve two-year terms, and that members serve no more than two consecutive terms.

The board will also consider recommendations and award contracts for remonumentation projects of public land survey corners that may include Eland, Waskish, Grant Valley or Northern Townships.

Commissioners, during their 3 p.m. work session, will receive a legislative briefing from local legislators via conference call, discuss options to designate an interim county highway engineer, receive a 2010 Safety Committee report, and receive a Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust annual report.

Consent agenda items include county bills and warrant payment listing, approval of Agassiz Wild Rice Phase III wetland banking application, award 2010 forest development activities bids and award bids for four highway maintenance activities.

Commissioners will also approve monthly Health and Human Services Department bills and receive regular reports and licensing, and approve a new contract with the Beltrami Area Service Collaborative for child welfare targeted case management services and contracts for Minnesota Health Care Programs access transportation.