The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met for a special session at on Friday, June 17, 2005 in the Court Room of the Floyd County Courthouse with the following members in attendance:Chairman Enabnit, Supv. Staudt, Supv. Dunkel.
Staudt/Dunkel moved to approve the agenda as presented.Motion carried 3-0.
Chairman Enabnit opened the Public Hearing regarding a resolution to consider the Option Agreement with VeraSun, LLC and FloydCounty at Approximately 100 people attended the hearing.Written correspondence received prior to the hearing included six letters supporting ethanol production in FloydCounty.Frances Klages spoke of her interest in selling her farm east of CharlesCity to VeraSun.Attorney Cory Lorenzen, attorney representing neighbors Mulcahy, Milligan and Angell presented an article titled “Low Prices Hit Ethanol” from the April 3, 2005 Des Moines Register and concerns regarding the effect an ethanol plant would have on his clients and the County, including the effect on property, livelihood, safety, environment, roads, water, tax abatement, zoning.He asks that the County take more time to research these issues before signing the agreement with VeraSun.Supervisor Staudt asked Don Endres, VeraSun CEO if they have ever partnered with counties to help with road construction. Endres reported that for the South Dakota plant, the state, county and VeraSun participated together in a project to help with road construction.Supervisor Staudt reported that he had a conversation with Dusty Rolando, CountyEngineer, who said the road right-of-way should not need to be widened any more or cause much disturbance to properties.If RISE grant dollars are used for roads, VeraSun would not be able to do any ground breaking until the state has approved the grant.They can do their testing; they just cannot start construction.Supervisor Dunkel explained that DNR will oversee that required permitting for water, well, dirt, etc. is in order.Endres said natural gas is piped in for their processing.Endres reported that corn prices will be posted and they will also buy from elevators.Endres said a fund has been set up so outside investors can buy in.Jeff See, VeraSun Project Director, said the Fort Dodge plant has 410 people daily on the sight working with the construction of the new plant.Don Endres, VeraSun rep, mentioned VeraSun first presented this idea to Economic Development in September 2003. Supervisor Dunkel commented that several years ago a steering committee compiled a Land Use Plan, hearings were held and the CountyFarm was targeted at that time for heavy industry use.Tim Fox, Economic Development Director, addressed a question regarding how many acres in the county are industry-zoned with a response of approximately 120 acres.In regard to tax abatements, the Economic Development committee puts together a plan and presents it to the Board of Supervisors.The Supervisors review and hold hearings before anything can be approved.Supervisor Dunkel said the property taxes on this property would be approximately $400,000.Several attendees spoke in favor of and against the option.The hearing was closed at
Dunkel/Staudt motioned to approve the Option Agreement allowing VeraSun to purchase 225 acres of the CountyFarm property for $5,000 per acre and authorize the chairperson to sign the agreement with VeraSun.Roll call:Enabnit – Aye; Staudt – Aye; Dunkel – Aye.Motion carried 3-0.
Dunkel/Staudt motioned to allow the chairman to review the budget dollars and see what is available for Mike Milligan to replace his pickup for the Board of Health and to allow the purchase of the pickup if money is available.Motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Supervisor Dunkel and seconded by Supervisor Staudt to adjourn.Motion carried 3-0.