12/4/2013 7:11:00 PM CF eyes $20,000 for odor tech plan
by Ken Haggerty
Cannon Falls city administrator Aaron Reeves detailed the plan for a $20,000 expenditure for the city to buy odor monitoring equipment, get trained in its use and get some assistance with some actual odor monitoring.
Reeves said since he arrived in Cannon Falls one of the more challenging jobs he has had is in dealing with odor complaints, especially those generating from Sustane in the industrial park.
Sustane composts turkey litter into a bagged organic fertiizer. When the manure-bedding mix is steamed, it generates a vapor with a strong ammonia-like smell.
Reeves said the State and Federal agencies deal with air pollution with particulates that cause health concerns, but don't deal with odor measurement or complaints.
But, Reeves said they are a nuisance issue. He says different people have different reactions to odor and they are a concern to be addressed.
Reeves is requesting the Council approve about $20,000 to buy the equipment and work with the firm that sells it to be trained in its use. The firm would also provide some periodic measurements for the first six months.
Reeves said the equipment has been used in other parts of the country and its determination of nuisance level odors has been upheld in court cases.
He hopes to create a data base from January through June and then go to Sustane if there is indeed a measureable problem and show them what they found and when they found it.
"We've already sat down with Sustane and told them what we are doing," said Reeves. "We are involving them every step of the way."
The goal is, if a problem can be documented, to get it fixed, said Reeves. If there is a problem, and Sustane does not fix it, Reeves said the city will have to look at new odor ordinances.
The technology and training can be used to monitor other odor complaints in the city as well, said Reeves.