Commissioners approve CAFO ordinance

    Rob Eikenbary points while addressing the county commissioners during a public hearing at the Bartholomew County Government Office Buliding about new regulations for confined animal feeding operations in Bartholomew County, Monday, May 23, 2016. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

    After nearly two years of intense debate, the hotly-contested CAFO issue has finally been resolved.

    On Monday, the Bartholomew County Commissioners unanimously gave their final approval to an ordinance creating new setbacks for confined animal feeding operations.

    The vote came Monday following a 92-minute public hearing, where a dozen of the 40 people in attendance addressed their concerns to the commissioners.

    Monday’s culminating vote ended 20 months of review, setting into place quarter-mile setbacks for confined feeding operations from schools, health care facilities and churches and 500 feet from a residential lot in an agricultural zone.

    For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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    Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.