Otter Tail County, although not issuing permits for feedlots, does hold public meetings on behalf of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which makes the final decisions.

To that end, the county board will develop a feedlot policy and include the request of the county board to notify property owners within 5,000 feet of the location of a new or expanded feedlot request. This will allow for public comment regarding the proposed feedlot.

A draft of the new policy will be presented to the county board at a later date. The county attorney will be among those working on the final draft.

A motion for authorization came July 14 from County Commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids. The motion, seconded by Commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton, met with unanimous approval by the five-person county board.

Under current law, if an application comes in under 500 animal units, notification to area property owners is not required by the MPCA. For example, the 500 animal units is equivalent to about 28,000 turkeys.

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County board members want to require that property owners within 5,000 feet of any proposed turkey barn construction or other feedlot be informed about public meetings via personal letters.