Sibley, Iowa — As we reported earlier, on Monday of this week, the Sibley City Council held a Public Hearing on a Nuisance Abatement issued to Iowa Drying and Processing, or IDP, in reference to offensive odors emanating from the company’s Sibley facility. Thursday of this week the Council met in closed session to deliberate the evidence presented at Monday’s Public Hearing.
Following Thursday’s closed session, the Council issued a ruling on the issue. The City Council says they found from the evidence presented at Monday’s hearing that the emissions from the IDP property constitute a nuisance under the Sibley City Code, and the Iowa Code, and that those emissions are injurious to health, indecent, or unreasonably offensive to the senses.
The Council’s decision says that they find from the evidence that IDP knows it’s facilities create an unreasonably offensive odor, and that it is a nuisance under the Sibley Code and Iowa law.
As a result, the City of Sibley has ordered IDP, and their parent company, ChemSol to deposit $50,000 into an escrow account held by the City of Sibley, which will be used to hire and pay an engineer of the City’s choosing, to study IDP’s operations and make recommendations, and be reasonably used to abate any future nuisances. IDP and ChemSol will be required to deposit the required funds on or before April, 11, 2016.
The City of Sibley will schedule an additional hearing following the engineeer’s report, at which time they’ll consider the reports, and receive any response from IDP and ChemSol. Following that hearing the City will decide what further orders to enter, based upon the evidence.
The decision says that, should IDP and ChemSol fail to follow the terms of the order, the City will initiate further legal action.
To view the Sibley City Council’s complete decision, click here.