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Waste firm plans facility at new Lake Hallie site

Earlier proposal was droppedover complaints from residents

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Garbage hauler ProVyro Waste Services is seeking a new location for a waste transfer facility in the Lake Hallie village limits.

ProVyro co-owner Andrew Holland said the company has selected a 24½-acre parcel on the west side of Highway 124, immediately north of Highway 29. In November, the company dropped plans to build along 130th Street, on the east side of Highway 124, after nearby residents voiced objections to the plan.

“I think this is in a much better location,” Holland said. “This property is incredibly appealing for multiple reasons. We are in a very industrialized area, with not many residents at all. And it’s already zoned industrial.”

The proposal will go before the Lake Hallie Plan Commission next week.

A waste transfer facility is a light industrial building where collection trucks unload their waste and recycling so it can be compacted and reloaded into larger vehicles and taken to a final disposal location. ProVyro Waste Services plans to build a truck maintenance shop, an office and an 80-by-80-foot waste transfer facility — the same plan as what was presented last year. Material would be dumped and sorted, then shipped out daily.

According to a five-page proposal, the facility would be open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Holland said the plan is to subdivide the 24½ acres, but the company only plans to build on the southern 10.8 acres. He noted the land is next to property owned by the state Department of Transportation for Highway 29, creating a natural barrier to the south. They also plan to preserve as much of the vegetation on the land as possible to create a barrier to sounds and smells from the plant.

Lake Hallie Trustee Pete Lehmann thinks the location is a better site but still has some drawbacks.

“We’ll see what the residents have to say,” Lehmann said. “It’s a less densely populated area, but it still is near businesses and some residents.

Lehmann also noted it isn’t far from a Waste Management plant.

“That might be a little tough for residents to have (garbage facilities) on both sides,” Lehmann said.

Lehmann was pleased the company is looking to build as far south on the 24½-acre parcel as possible.

“That helps. They are trying to use the highway as a barrier,” Lehmann said. “This shows ProVyro’s commitment to wanting to work with the residents of Lake Hallie.”

About 40 area residents attended the village’s Plan Commission meetings in October and November, expressing concerns the plant would increase traffic, create odor, potentially harm groundwater, attract rodents and decrease property values. The Plan Commission rejected a conditional use permit for the plant on a 5-1 vote, and the county’s zoning director, Doug Clary, also recommended denying the permit. The company decided to withdraw its request rather than send it to the full Village Board for consideration.

The ProVyro owners said they want to be in Lake Hallie because its customer base is in the village and in Chippewa Falls, and it has goodaccess to nearby highways.

Holland said one detail he must work out is there is a small natural gas line that goes through the property, so he is working on obtaining an easement.

Contact: chris.vetter@ecpc.com


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