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Mayville reaches settlement in landfill case

May 17, 2019 GMT

One legal entanglement for the city of Mayville has come to an end.

The city dropped its appeal in a case involving the Glacier Ridge landfill south of town, operated by Advanced Disposal. The city sued Advanced Disposal, Dodge County, the town of Hubbard, the village of Kekoskee and the Waste Facility Siting Board over how many members it would have on the board that guides negotiations as the landfill is due to expand to extend its life a few years past 2025.

The city only received one member on the board and was seeking more. A Dodge County judge affirmed that Mayville should only receive one, and the city appealed, but has since withdrawn the appeal.

Mayor Rob Boelk said that the city reached a settlement with the landfill. The settlement will continue a $40,000 road maintenance fee until the landfill closes and there will be a study on alternate truck routes to reduce traffic on John Street. The settlement also includes an odor management plan with approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The city will also get the first opportunity to treat the landfill’s leachate, which is liquid from the landfill that drains from the facility. Treating the leachate could be a revenue source for Mayville.

Kekoskee Village President Don Hilgendorf said he was glad the city and the landfill reached the agreement. He and Boelk recently met and he said the siting committee should be meeting soon. He said he thinks some developments at the landfill should help with the odor.

“I’m glad they settled that. I think it was a waste of time anyway,” Hilgendorf said. “I’m glad they worked it out.”

The expansion of the landfill is still in the hands of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Last fall, the department accepted as complete a feasibility report about the expansion.

Advanced Disposal provided more information in February after the DNR had more questions. The city of Mayville officially opposed the expansion with concerns over the impact on the water and air, including the odor.

The DNR held a public hearing last month and has 60 days from the hearing to make a final decision about the expansion.

In a separate case, the city of Mayville and village of Kekoskee are going through the courts over whether Kekoskee was legally able to absorb the town of Williamstown. A Dodge County judge found in March found that the process did not follow state law, and the case is now in appeals court.