(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council was given an update Tuesday night on the progress of a planned soybean crushing facility. Earlier this month, city officials announced a joint effort with the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board to solicit development of the proposed $150 million project located on 66.5 acres of city-owned land in the Waupun Industrial Park. The construction of such a facility would be the first of its kind in Wisconsin.
City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says much work still needs to be done and the city will be fully evaluating the project to make sure it serves the best interest of the community. The new company has filed an air permit with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a draft permit is on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov. Schlieve says it is the first significant milestone in moving the project forward. Public commentary on the permit application is open through July 11. A public hearing will take place on June 28 and
Schlieve says the city will have more information on the status of the air permit at that time. She says that that the city has been gathering information from city residents and they have been monitoring social media to gauge public reaction. Schlieve says there will be two community chats on June 27 at 10am and 6pm for citizens to ask questions. She says a developer’s agreement still needs to be hammered out before any work would begin and she added more public information hearings will be scheduled. The city does plan to pursue grant opportunities and the creation of a Tax Increment Financing district is expected to occur prior to construction beginning in 2019, with a projected opening in 2020.