Carrot washing plant seeks site near Morris; Zoning hearings set for March 18
FRESHA LLC appears to have found a site near Morris for its proposed carrot-washing plant.
The processing warehouse would also including polishing, sorting, packaging, storing of locally-grown carrots. The carrots would be shipped to buyers from that plant.
Paul Schmidgall of FRESHA said the company had been considering the site near Morris and a site near Hancock.
"We are trying to find the site best suited to our business," Schmidgall said. "Our preference at this point is (the) Morris site."
The site for the proposed project is in Darnen Townnship, about a mile outside of Morris, Schmidgall said.
The address listed on zoning documents is 23325 480th Ave., Morris.
Schmidgall said the plant would create an expected six full-time jobs at the start and four part-time jobs.
FRESHA has applied for a conditional use permit and variance permit through the Stevens County Planning and Zoning Department in order to build on the site.
The county's planning commission will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, to consider the conditional use permit. If the CUP is approved, the county's board of adjustment will have a hearing at 7:45 p.m. on the variance request. A site visit is set for 5 p.m. prior to the CUP hearing.
FRESHA needs a CUP to build the warehouse and a wastewater pond. The pond would be used to collect and store the plant's used carrot wash water so it can be used for irrigation on surrounding farmland, a March 4 memo to the county's planning commission and board of adjustment from the county's zoning administrator Bill Kleindl said.
The same memo said a variance is needed because a proposed building would exceed the 30-foot maximum height requirement in the county's zoning ordinance.