To the Editor,
Some of you may have noticed the new yellow yard signs appearing around Newburg Township and Fillmore County. The yellow signs have been placed in yards and along roads in this area in support of the Newburg Township Supervisors who have a difficult situation in front of them. The township currently is debating enacting a moratorium on the construction of large animal confinement operations. To be fair, the township also is considering including in the moratorium a temporary ban on building new subdivisions.
A moratorium is a temporary measure put in place like hitting the “PAUSE” button while watching a DVD. You stop the action so you can take a break and get more popcorn. In Newburg Township, the “action” is the push by Catalpa LLC to build a 5,000-hog industrial farrowing facility. The Newburg Township Supervisors are considering enacting a moratorium to pause the forward movement while considering whether an operation of this size would be good for the township or not.
I support the Township Supervisors in enacting this moratorium because I think it is wise to collect all the information possible BEFORE making a decision, rather than trying to fix a problem which arises later because the decision was made without enough data.
You can weigh in on this Newburg Township decision by attending the Township Meeting on August 23 at 6 at the Mabel Community Center. Come at 5 p.m. to get more information.