The Lake Hallie Plan Commission on Monday denied on a 5-1 vote a controversial conditional-use permit to allow ProVyro Transfer, LLC of Eau Claire to set up a waste transfer facility on 130th Street, near the Highway 53 and Highway 29 interchange.
The commission’s vote is advisory. Next, the proposal is scheduled will go back to the Lake Hallie Village Board on Nov. 20. The Village Board will also decide if two parcels will be rezoned from agricultural and residential to industrial. The village board pushed off a decision on that rezoning at its Oct. 16 meeting.
Chippewa County Zoning Director Doug Clary recommended denying the conditional-use permit.
“While you can place a generic restriction that an independent business ... shall be contracted with to control rodents and insects, it would be difficult to monitor. And, once again, the issue is how we do we know that the increase is directly associated with this particular facility. One can surmise, but to prove it would be quite difficult,” Clary wrote to the commission.
One commission member said people in the area of another waste transfer station in Lake Hallie were concerned about that facility’s smell and rodents attracted to the facility. “I have some big concerns (ProVyro) about being in a neighborhood.” she said. A ProVyro spokesman said the number of rodents to where the company wants the transfer station would not be a problem.
Commission member Rusty Volk said: “We do need some kind of transfer station.” But he said his concern about the location was the smell from the waste station. Volk said his concern is how community defines what is good and bad smell. “I don’t know how we’re going to enforce that,” Volk said.
“Can you guarantee there will not be a negative impact on my property values? ... Are we going to lose money?” asked Lake Hallie resident Rick Collins. A ProVyro spokesman said there were no guarantee on that, but it didn’t seem a facility has an impact on nearby property values.
One woman who did not give her name said since the property is zoned agriculture, someone could place a hog farm there, and zoning would have no authority over the smell nor whether the farm attracted rodents.
Andrew Holland, who co-owns ProVyro with Joe Craven, last month said most of the complaints about a waste transfer site were about the facility’s smell. He said the facility would be designed while keeping in mind the region’s typical wind direction to keep the odor to a minimum.
Trash is dropped off at the waste transfer site, compacted and then placed in trucks to be taken to a disposal facility, such as a landfill.
“The waste transfer facility, at maximum capacity, will be able to accommodate approximately 300 tons of garbage per day. We are asking for initial approval for up to 150 tons per day,” according to literature ProVyro had available at the meeting. The facility is 90-by-70 feet with a 40-by-20-foot bumpout.
The land ProVyro proposed using is owned by village board member Mark Perry. Perry and Village Board President Wayne Walkoviak have said they will abstain from voting on the matter. Perry donated a kidney to Walkoviak in 2003.
Monday’s meeting drew over 25 people. Plan Commission members include Randy Larson, Bradley Berg, Pat Spilde, Eloise Rowan, Rusty Volk and Mauhar.