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O’Brien County Supervisors Discuss Eminent Domain, Disaster Proclamation

O’Brien County, Iowa — At their Tuesday morning meeting, the O’Brien County Board of Supervisors weighed in on the issue of eminent domain being used for carbon dioxide pipeline construction.

During their regular meeting Tuesday morning, Supervisor Dan Friedrichsen made a motion, which was seconded by┬ánewly-elected Supervisor Timothy Overmire, which authorized Board of Supervisors Chair Nancy McDowell to sign letters to the Iowa Utilities Board regarding the Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator Heartland Greenway carbon dioxide pipeline projects. The motion stated O’Brien County’s opposition to the granting of eminent domain to be used for these projects. The motion passed unanimously.

In other action, the Board of Supervisors voted to request a State Disaster Declaration for O’Brien County, due to the December 15th severe storm wind damage.

The Supervisors set January 11th at 9:30 am as the date and time for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance adopting County Voting Precincts to be in effect beginning January 15, 2022. After the hearing, the proposed ordinance will be considered for passage. Due to time constraints beyond local control, if approved on the first reading, the second and third readings will be waived and the Ordinance adopted. That motion received unanimous support.

The next regular meeting of the O’Brien County Board of Supervisors will be held Monday morning, January 3rd, rather than the normal Tuesday meeting that week. That’s due to a state law that requires the supervisors to meet the first day of the calendar year that is not a holiday.