West Delaware is hoping to put up a new building to house some livestock.
The school’s FFA program would like to construct a plastic hoop building just east of the bus barn on the school’s property on the southeast side of the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Manchester. A small greenhouse tunnel building is already there now.
The FFA’s goal is to raise a maximum of six stock cows – each with a calf – so that students can learn about different beef breeds through a NICC-credit course. It’d be a big step up from the one steer they currently have now that’s housed off-campus.
The land is already zoned agricultural, but housing livestock would require the city’s approval. So, several FFA members and their instructor approached the Manchester City Council Monday night to get their thoughts.
The Council is supportive of the project, but want to make sure neighbors are aware of what’s going on first. The livestock building would sit about eight hundred feet from the nearest house in that area.
The City Attorney will prepare a proposal that the FFA students can bring to the neighbors. It will be back on the Manchester City Council’s agenda on December 12th.
(photo by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)