EPWORTH, Iowa — A fetid Dubuque County composting facility that Epworth residents have complained about for years is planning to stop composting food and meat waste by the end of March.

County supervisors approved amended rezoning on Monday for Hartbecke Road Property LLC, which houses Midwest Organic Solutions, a business located between Farley and Epworth, The Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/2cDb1XF ) reports.

The zoning proposal says rezoning will allow a construction firm office, manufacturing, construction material processing, recycling, storage facilities, the sales and storage of construction materials and composting of yard waste and wood on the property.

Zoning Administrator Anna O’Shea says the facility would stop composting animal products, food and drywall by March 31 if the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approves the changed zoning use.

Midwest Organic Solutions co-owner Craig Kluesner says the goal of the change is to eliminate any odors. Kluesner says company officials are looking for options for additional use of the property.

Epworth officials have asked the Board of Supervisors multiple times to investigate ways to address the smell.

Epworth Mayor Sandra Gassman said city leaders agree with the proposed changes for the facility. City officials and leaders at Midwest Organic Solutions met several times as they worked to find a solution.

“We would like to thank Midwest Organic for working with us on that, and we would also like to thank the board for what you’ve done to help with it,” Gassman said at the Monday meeting.


Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com