The vote was unanimous Tuesday when the Cache County Council approved a new master plan for the Pepperidge Farms plant north of Richmond. County Executive Lynn Lemon says the plan has already been approved by the county planning commission. “We’re moving along to create a community development area for Pepperidge Farms,” Lemon explains. “They’re going to expand their plant and they’re going to create 54 new jobs. The county has been supportive of that and will continue to move down that road to make that progress.” Pepperidge Farms plans to complete the expansion by 2014. While Lemon had positive news to share about the plant expansion, he delivered less than positive news about Cache County’s water situation so far this year. It has been a rather unusual year in Cache County as far as moisture is concerned. Lemon says the North American Weather Consultants reported the county had 57 percent of normal moisture during the month of December. But Lemon told the Cache County Council Tuesday that the latest figure is 76 percent and the rivers and streams are flowing heavily. Although Cache County has a cloud seeding program, Lemon says nothing much has been done this year. “They have to have it at a certain temperature before they can do it,” Lemon explains. “Literally, in December they didn’t seed any clouds. They literally didn’t have any storms they could seed.” After such a wet year last year, Lemon is hard pressed to think of two years back to back that have been such polar opposites. “I don’t ever remember that happening where we didn’t have any storms. We actually got about 10 percent of what we normally get as far as storms for the month of December.” Lemon says last year Cache County had a great deal of moisture but he says most of it came late, from April until mid-June.
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