Seven liens filed against SD beef plant
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP)--Just over $7 million in mechanic's liens have been filed against the Northern Beef Packers plant under construction south of Aberdeen.
A seventh lien was filed Feb. 17 in the Brown County Courthouse. County officials say all the liens are still pending.
The largest are $2.1 million to a Huron company for dirt work; $1.75 million to an Omaha, Neb., company for materials, installation and labor; and just under $1 million to a Fargo, N.D., firm for a pre-engineered steel structure and other work.
A company official was busy and could not comment Feb. 17.
Last year, Northern Beef Packers went to court over the $2.1 million lien that was filed by Scott Olson Digging of Huron. It alleges the contractor overcharged and double-charged for dirt work. The company has denied the allegation.
Dirt work was done by the spring of 2007, when cement work began.
Backers say that once it's fully operational, the $40 million plant could process 1,500 head of livestock a day and employ about 650 people. The beef plant's opening has been delayed several times.
Brown County taxpayers approved a tax increment financing district to help finance the plant. Northern Beef Packers can sell $8.6 million in bonds to help finance the plant. The bonds, which have yet to be sold, would be repaid with increased property taxes on the plant.
A year ago, a judge dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the plant would create a nuisance. The lawsuit, filed by Aaron Johnson, was based on a clause in the deed of sale of the land preventing the buyer from creating a nuisance on the property and from interfering with its neighbors' enjoyment.
The judge dismissed the lawsuit partly because a similar lawsuit had been tossed out of court the previous year.