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Around Tulare County: Roundabouts / Poultry / Kaweah’s Top Job

Porterville To Get 3 More Roundabouts

CalTrans is proposing construction of 3 more roundabouts in the Porterville area. The agency filed a notice of determination concluding the environmental review of the projects earlier this month.
Three new roundabouts – traffic circles – are being proposed at the intersection of Westwood and Hwy 190, at Plano and Hwy 190 as well as College Ave and Plano Street.

Kaweah Delta Interviewing For Top Job

Screen Shot 2017-07-19 at 3.16.49 PMThe Kaweah Delta Healthcare District board is busy with interviews for the top job with the district to replace retired CEO Lindsay Mann this week.

Chair of the board Carl Anderson says they are interviewing 6 candidates that they will then be pared down to 3 candidates before making a final decision, perhaps by the end of August.

Anderson says veteran CFO Gary Herbst has thrown his hat in the ring for the permanent CEO position.

Currently Tom Rayner is serving as interim CEO. He has been the Chief Operating Officer with the district.

Pitman Farms Will Boost Chicken Production

Sanger-based Pitman Family Farms is expanding their free range poultry barns in different parts of Tulare County. The most recent permit application calls for the construction 20 new poultry barns in the Pixley area as well as an increase the chicken population at their existing 19 barns on the same site.

At the 19 existing broiler houses they plan to expand capacity from to 704,000 birds from 612,000. At the 20 new barns they will have a capacity of 1,140,000 birds . With the total 39 barns the facility could accommodate almost 1.4 million birds but the company will adhere to a county permit to limit the population to 1.14 million birds, says they SJAPCD application.

Tulare County has had a poultry population of around 15 million birds sold as boilers annually. But that number is likely to increase.

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