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Floyd County Officials Debate Meetings for Carbon Pipeline Ordinance

Floyd County officials are at odds over the process of establishing new zoning ordinances in the event carbon capture pipelines are built in the County.

During their regular meeting this week, Floyd County Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Kuhn took the Planning and Zoning Commission to task about their delay meeting to discuss the ordinances. Kuhn said it appears the commission, led by Dean Tjaden and Jeff Sherman, was “slow walking” their approach to the ordinances, drafted by Tim Whipple of Ahlers and Cooney, which the commission was given on April 7th.

Tjaden said P&Z has been waiting to schedule a workshop session until the full complement of commissioners is available to meet, with the earliest they could do that is June 13th. Tjaden agreed with Kuhn on the importance of also getting the ordinance before the public, but it will be tough to meet the July 10th deadline to present it to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), which ultimately decides the fate of carbon pipeline construction permits.

While no change in the June 13th P&Z meeting date was made, both sides agreed that they want to work to do what’s best to protect the County’s citizens and property owners during any possible construction of carbon pipelines.

Of the three carbon pipeline projects being pursued in Iowa, two of the companies want to build sections of their pipelines in Floyd County.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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