From Vernon Long
In regards to my presentation at the Nov. 5 supervisors’ meeting: I am deeply compassionate for the 17 families who live closer than I to the 10,000-head newly permitted hog houses to be. Their lives will never be the same again, by no fault of their own. Many of these are retired folks, some with serious health problems who have spent their lives supporting the community and do not deserve to have imposing worries purposefully created by an absentee owner.
Only the long-standing taxpayers of this county can remember the million(s) dollar snafus of the bean plant road, the bean plant road lawsuit and now a potential of a million dollar road project (cost estimate from Steve Akes, Union County engineer, on Sept. 11 of $753,162) to accommodate one private enterprise business upon the advice of the county attorney, Mr. Kenyon, and the condoning attitude of the boards. 20-20 hindsight would prove these to be very expensive mistakes for the Union County taxpayers and their grandchildren (could this be the reason Union County is among the highest taxed counties in Iowa?).
Please remember these comments upon the next election cycle and prove that with good replacements, the democratic system is still working.