Mayville City Hall Hosts Public Hearing On Glacier Ridge Landfill Expansion

(Mayville) Mayville residents had the opportunity Monday to give their input on the proposed expansion of a nearby landfill. Advanced Disposal Services is seeking to expand the Glacial Ridge Landfill vertically by 100 feet. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources state that the landfill could survive only six more years without expansion and, if the landfill stays as is, waste would have to be moved elsewhere or a new facility would need to be built.

Tim Curry is Advanced Disposal’s Midwest Region Landfill Operations Manager. He says the volume capacity at the landfill is just over 20-million cubic yards which means the site will reach capacity in 2025. Curry says the vertical expansion would add over two-million cubic yards and extend the landfill’s life by three years.

Mayville City Hall hosted the public hearing for citizens to express their concerns in front of members of the DNR. While one person appeared indifferent, all comments centered around one major complaint – the smell.

Mayville has been vocal in their opposition to the landfill and filed a lawsuit against several entities including Advanced Disposal. The contest stems from how many members the city is allowed to have on the Siting Committee, which negotiates landfill expansion plans. In the past the city has always had four members on the board but that has been reduced to one. Last week, city officials reached a settlement agreement with Advanced Disposal citing continued good faith discussions on odor management and a feasibility review to reduce truck traffic on John Street. Despite the city backing off their opposition, it did not stop Alderpersons Bob Smith, Dale Toellner and Kim Olson from speaking their minds.

Alderman Bob Smith says if the DNR had been aware of the depth of the odor complaints it could have saved Mayville from using significant resources to fight the expansion.

Alderman Dale Toellner says he hears a lot of complaints from his constituents on the smell and truck traffic that speeds through residential areas.

Alderwoman Kim Olson says while the smell is atrocious, the real problem is the traffic. She says every 30 seconds a vehicle goes by her home and disrupts what used to be a peaceful neighborhood.

The DNR will have 60 days to review the public comments and make a final determination on the expansion.