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E-M:/ State Econ Dev Funds going to support new, 5000 head Vreba Hoff affiliate?

Vreba Hoff Dairy Development is asking Ogden Township in Lenawee County to support a grant request they are preparing requesting economic development assistance from the state to support the building of a new 5,000 head dairy there -- does this make sense to anyone outside of Vreba Hoff?





Debate continues over grant for dairy



The grant proposal is for road work for a controversial 5,000-cow dairy development at Mulberry and Treat.

By Dennis Pelham

Daily Telegram Staff Writer

ADRIAN — Several representatives from Ogden Township urged the Lenawee County Road Commission board on Friday to not support a state grant for a controversial 5,000-cow dairy development at Mulberry Road and Treat Highway. But a development firm representative argued the project will be good for Lenawee County’s economy.

Debate over supporting a grant application for the proposed New Rips Dairy began two weeks ago when the road commission board was informed that a grant application was being prepared by Vreba-Hoff Development, which is acting as a consultant on the project for two Dutch farmers. The grant proposal is for help in rebuilding two miles of Mulberry Road to Class A standards and replacing a bridge.

Ogden Township representatives said they believe it is unfair for tax dollars to aid in the dairy development when existing farms are not eligible to receive the same help with road improvements. Local farm owner Mike Fike said he is concerned that other local roads near the dairy will be damaged by traffic the facility will generate.





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