Lakeville Dairy Farm Moves Forward

The State of Indiana has issued a permit for the construction of a dairy farm near Lakeville.

The Walnut Grove Dairy farm will be built at Shively and Ironwood roads in southern St. Joseph County.

A state permit granted for the project would allow up to 35-hundred cows on the property.

During an earlier public hearing, some neighbors expressed concerns about possible odor problems and water contamination.

The permit does spell out specific conditions that must be met during the construction and operation phases to protect the public.

The developer of the farm says they plan to start building this spring.

But a group against the farm isn't giving up.

Farmer Dean Carbiener says the group will appeal the permit. They also hope the next two permits required from the county will be turned down. His house is half a mile away from the proposed project.

“My three main concerns are the run off, it is going to contaminate the waterways, and we have 41 homes close to the site and it’s not fair in my opinion… not fair to these families that have to live in the sight of this, says Carbiener.

But it's not likely the county can really do much if the project meets permit requirements.

If anything, if a new county ordinance passes this year the new county regulations would have to be followed more closely.

“We will be there to enforce the 25 dollar a day fine if there are any violations. This is not a good location. They've known from the beginning! It's not a good location and they insist on building it there anyway. They better follow the law one hundred percent,” says St. Joseph county commissioner Steve Ross.

Carbiener says they have 18 days to appeal the permit that was granted on January 26th.

He's doubtful construction will actually start this spring because the appeal process will slow the project down.

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