Scott County Supervisors, saying Thursday they believed in the safety of the site, approved the first of two readings of a rezoning for an anhydrous distribution site on St. Ann’s Road.

The board voted 4-1, with Supervisor Bill Cusack casting the lone “no” vote, saying he understood neighbors’ concerns, having been through a zoning fight when he lived in Arizona.

Crop Production Services asked for a zoning change from agricultural preservation to agricultural floating to put the business use on the site on St. Ann’s Road, or 290th Street, about a mile from Scott Park Road. A vote on the rezoning request will be taken at the board’s Jan. 31 meeting.

In a public hearing earlier this month, neighbors questioned the traffic safety on the road with trucks pulling in and out of the five-acre site. Supervisors heard from County Engineer Jon Burgstrum earlier this week that the site had sufficient line of sight and turning distance for traffic.

About 20 nearby residents attended Thursday night’s meeting.

Supervisor Carol Earnhardt said she visited the site and didn’t see sightlines as an issue. She also went to Atalissa, Iowa, where Crop Production Services has a similar facility, and found it well run.

“I saw nothing that showed it was unsuitable to this site,” she said of her research.

Supervisor Jim Hancock said safety was the most important factor in the decision, and he disagreed with neighbors’ fears about traffic accidents that might cause releases of anhydrous ammonia.

“We’ve had anhydrous plants here for 20 years and never seen a problem with them,” he said.

Board Chairman Larry Minard said the supervisors want the entrance to the site to be wide enough for trucks to pull in for loading and then to exit easily.

In other action, the supervisors approved a recommendation for a confined feeding operation in rural Davenport.

Dennis Kirby wants to expand his hog farm at 22293 200th Ave. The expansion will include the construction of a gestation barn that uses a 10-foot-deep formed concrete manure storage structure beneath the proposed 209-foot by 101-foot building, with a capacity of 1,000 sows. An existing gestation building will be converted to a nursery building.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to inspect the site today.

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