County amends CAFO measure

By Josh Sigler

Wabash County Commissioners passed a measure which made several amendments to the county’s confined feeding ordinance.

Commissioner Jeff Dawes explained the changes.

The amendment moves the setbacks for CAFOs in unincorporated towns, from 1,320 feet to 2,640 feet.

Also, the setback is to be 1,000 feet from public water supplies. That was amended to include on-site water wells.
All confined feeding structures must be a minimum 1,320 feet from any residence or non-agricultural business under the amended ordinance.

Also, screening or landscaping barriers shall be required at all new CAFO structures.

The commissioners approved the amended ordinance, suspended the rules, and approved it again on second reading.
Public member David Wamsley praised the approval.

“The plan commission has done an outstanding job, and spent a lot of time towards getting some much better protection the rural residents,” Wamsley said.

Also, at the Commissioners’ meeting, County Highway Superintendent John Martin presented the annual covered bridge certification.

Wabash County has two covered bridges in the county, and this certification allows the county to receive maintenance funds for the bridges.

Wabash County has also received its annual certification of jurisdictional miles from INDOT. Wabash County has 729.03 miles of roadway.

That is used to calculate the funds the county receives for its repairs.

Sheriff Ryan Baker was on hand to give his weekly jail report.

The average daily population at the jail was 121, with 21 new bookings, 15 transports, 52 inmates in Miami County, and seven in Elkhart County.

The jail’s current population is 120, with a total prisoner count of 182.

Baker also presented a contract with CBC Communications to handle the jail’s telephone services.

Baker also presented leases for two new vehicles, which were approved by the County Council.

The County EMA Department asked for permission to sell a 2000 Ford Explorer which has become a problem.

County Coordinator Jim Dils requested for approval to sign a new contract with Republic Services for recycling and trash removal.

Dils also informed the commissioners that there has been a request to use the Roann Covered Bridge in May of 2020 for a wedding.

County Auditor Marcie Shepherd informed the commissioners that the state is mandating that starting July 1, 2019, the auditor endorsement fee be increased from $5 to $10 for each legal description contained in transfer document.

Posted on 2019 Jun 11