Public hearing for Iowa Cage Free occupies most of supervisors meeting

The Wright County Board of Supervisors met for their weekly meeting on Monday morning. The board was very busy with many agenda items. However, a contentious public hearing took up most of the meeting.

The public hearing was regarding a construction request by Iowa Cage Free located in Liberty Township for the building of various new structures. Sandy McGrath, county Planning and Zoning administrator, presented the findings of the master matrix evaluation of Iowa Cage Free. The master matrix is a scoring system that the county uses to evaluate the siting of permitted confinement feeding operations.

Before they can be approved for construction, they must earn points on the master matrix for choosing sites and using practices that reduce adverse impacts on the environment and the community. The matrix score is passed on to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with any notes the county might choose to add. McGrath noted that Iowa Cage Free received a passing score of 440 for this process.

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