Village debates, OKs pig farm

By Matthew Saari

Whitehall trustees had to roll out extra chairs last Thursday to accommodate everyone interested in the proposed pig farm on State Route 22 at the former Lane Farm, and after the sometimes-heated discussion the pig farm was approved.

Mayor Phil Smith opened the special meeting, providing a little background for village residents before turning the floor over to Jon Ingerson, owner of Windy Meadows LLC, the outfit responsible for the proposed pigs.

“I put my life savings into that barn to build a furrowing facility,” Ingerson said. “Then it came about that I heard about the ordinance against hogs.”

Since then, Ingerson said he has moved additional pigs into the barn, for a total of 64.

After explaining his operation and intent, Ingerson requested a variance on the village law, which dates to 1937 and prohibits pigs from being housed within 200 feet of a roadway. Ingerson requested the distance be reduced to 45 feet.

“That will get me into compliance and I will request a permit to keep my pigs there,” he said.

Trustee Teresa Austin expressed her regret that Ingerson spent his money before coming to the board for clarification.

 

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