Despite the objections of neighbors, the town's Zoning Board of Appeals has given final approval for dairy farmer Peter Dueppengiesser's plans to put a second manure lagoon on his Butler Road property.
Dueppengiesser says he will need the lagoon when he increases his herd from 700 to 900 head in the near future. The lagoon will measure 225 by 240 feet and will hold 4 million gallons of manure.
Federal officials have promised to monitor the construction of the pit on a weekly basis to make sure it meets specifications. Neighbors had complained to zoning officials that the lagoon will devalue surrounding properties and interfere with transportation, and is excessively large.