Gaylord company seeks permit for poultry expansion


M.G. Waldbaum Company of Gaylord is seeking a permit to expand its poultry operation in Dryden Township, about 1 1/2 miles east of Gaylord.

Sibley County’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Monday, will consider a permit to allow the expansion from 2,295 animal units to 2,634 animal units. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sibley County Courthouse annex basement.

The R & J farm presently has nine confinement barns that are 56 ft. x 300 ft. in size that house 765,000 layer pullets. After the expansion is complete, there will be eight confinement barns that are 56 ft. x 300 ft. and one barn that will be 56 ft. x 340 ft. With the larger barn, there will be 878,000 layer pullets at the site.

According to Jeff Majeski, Sibley County Environmental Services Director, a conditional use permit is needed because the feedlot is greater than 600 animal units and it is expanding. The last expansion at this site was in 1994, Majeski said. The company has obtained the required permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, he said.

Property owners within 5,000 feet of the proposed expansion were notified.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning Commission will also consider:

• A conditional use permit for Jason and Susan Boelter, Henderson, for the temporary placement of a mobile home on a five acre site in Henderson Township, about one mile from Henderson.

• A conditional use permit for Joe Wersal, Winthrop, for the construction of a second home on an existing two acre farm site in Alfsborg Township, just south of Winthrop.