By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Work going on Dusty site


October 10, 2019

Crews grade dirt for future grain pads at Dusty Monday as nearby cattle look on.

The McCoy Land Co./PNW grain pads project is underway at Dusty, after a process that brought public comment, attorneys and controversy, ultimately going to a hearing examiner who granted a conditional use permit for the work last spring.

A county building permit was issued Aug. 8, after a 21-day period to appeal the examiner's decision expired.

The first permit is only for making an access road, as well as concrete work for a culvert to cross a drainage for access to the pads.

PNW/McCoy is doing the initial work itself, with an estimated value of $2,500.

The pads ground is now being graded. The extensive dirt work just off Highway 127 does not require a permit.

The conditional use permit came through May 8, a 12-page document for the project to include grain pile pads, truck scales, utilities and a small office space with a driveway off Highway 127 south of Dusty. The height of the piles will go to 65 feet.

PNW in its application for the conditional use permit stated construction would occur in two stages, beginning after this year's harvest and finished by June of 2020 for stage one. Stage two would start after harvest 2020, to be done by June of the next year.

In May 2018, McCoy submitted an application to change the site from an ag zone to limited light industrial. They later rescinded it, before applying for the conditional use permit.

Stated opposition to the project – in testimony to the planning commission and public hearings – included traffic concerns and environmental damage among other matters.


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