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A feedlot officer for the county

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

At last Tuesdays Fillmore County Board meeting, zoning administrator Norm Craig introduced Mike Frauenkron (pronouced frown-crown), who has been hired as the countys feedlot officer.

"Mike came in here like gangbusters and were going to get a lot done," Craig said.

Frauenkron said that he was looking forward to his new job and would be presenting a detailed plan of action to the board in the near future.

As the rest of the meeting turned out to be little more than lengthy discussions with department heads regarding their proposed 2001 budgets, which were about as interesting as watching paint dry or sitting down to watch the Republican Convention, I called up Mr. Frauenkron later in the week and asked for an interview.

"Youve been introduced to the board and this would be a way of introducing you to the rest of the county," I said.

Frauenkron said that he is originally from Houston County and that he, and his wife, Sharon, had recently bought a house in Newburg Township near Mabel. The couple have two grown sons. Frauenkron worked as assistant zoning administrator in Houston County and for the last year and eight months has served as that countys feedlot officer.

"I had very good luck with our feedlot program in Houston County," Frauenkron said. He noted that the Houston County feedlot ordinance is somewhat more restrictive than Fillmore Countys.

"Ive always been around farming and consider myself a farm advocate," Frauenkron said. "At the same time Im committed to environmental protection."

Frauenkron said that he plans to work closely with other local agencies such as zoning, extension, water quality and soil conservation in assisting the farmer with feedlot issues. He stressed the importance of farm site visits, "whether they hold a current permit or have never seen a county employee."

"The important thing is to follow the feedlot permitting process through to the end and get everybody in line," Frauenkron said. "My door will always be open if anybody has any questions."

First on the agenda will be getting together the game plan and the strategy to carry out the feedlot program, and getting the approval of the county board.

"Im hesitant to talk about the details right now, but once I submit my plan to the commissioners Ill be happy to answer all of your questions," Frauenkron said.

Budget. The budget meetings reportedly lasted into the late afternoon Tuesday and then reconvened on Wednesday and lasted all morning. By Thursday, policy coordinator Karen Brown told the Journal that the budget conferences were almost wrapped up. "Weve still got a couple to look at, including bridges and roads," she said.

Asbestos. Coordinator Brown presented recommendations of Kane and Johnson Architects regarding asbestos removal in the courthouse. The board looked at various plans and then voted to go ahead with spot removal around the area of the proposed elevator at an estimated cost of $33,889.

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