Bradford takes first step toward manure-spreading regulation
BRADFORD TOWNSHIP The Bradford Town Board took a first step Friday night in a process that could lead to the regulation of manure spreading through center-pivot irrigation.
The action is aimed at a proposed 5,200-cow dairy that Nebraska farmer Todd Tuls wants to build on Highway 14 at Scharine Road. Tuls wants to spread the watery manure through 10 such pivots.
The town’s plan commission Friday recommended the action, and then the town board voted to move forward, Town Clerk Sandy Clarke said. The votes were unanimous.
The plan is to amend the zoning ordinance to require conditional-use permits for center-pivot manure irrigation. The permitting process would allow the town to impose restrictions on the practice.
Clarke said the board now needs to finalize the language of the amendment with the town’s attorney and hold a public hearing on the change before the board could enact the ordinance.