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A date of Tuesday, July 13 was set as the time for a public hearing on a proposed waste transfer station for Fayette County.
After a brief discussion from earlier in the meeting, held on Tuesday, May 4, the county board unanimously approved the hearing date, on a motion by Matt Hall, seconded by Jacob Harris.
During the public comment, Peggy Washburn, area resident who is opposed to the approval of the transfer station, explained that she visited the courthouse the previous Friday and obtained a copy of the March meeting minutes. She said she also requested information submitted by Chris Sutter, the developer of the transfer station, and was told that his personal information was confidential, and that she could not have the information requested.
A second person spoke on the station, Susan Tackett, who lives a mile west of the proposed location for the station, explained that she is against the transfer station based on health, sanitary, and wind concerns with the project. She stated she cleans a four and a half mile stretch of the highway and questioned continuing after the transfer station is built. She asked that the county board review the application and pay attention to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) criteria numbers one and nine. Other of her concerns include traffic and noise.
Sutter, owner of Countryside Disposal, made his proposal to the county board earlier this year, a subject of controlversy for those living within the area. The proposed facility provides for a self-contained building, which Sutter says would not allow for trash to escape, and allow for filling of semis inside the structure, for site removal.
In other business, the board:
• approved Jack Biggs as a trustee for the Brownstown Fire Protection Distrcit;
•approved reappointments of Harold Baumann and Keith R. Shcaal, both for a two-year term to the Fayette County Board of Review;
• approved Steve Barker to the ETSB board to fill the unexpired term of Jeff Beckman;
• approve a liquor license for OB’s Place;
• struck an ordinance providing for qualified immunity to employees of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office until further research is conducted;
• approved a resolution and addenda with the Illinois Department of Transportation to replace box culverts four miles west of St. Peter on County Highway 23;
• approved a resolution appropriating $8,000 from the County Bridge Fund to replace a culvert three miles southeast of Shobonier;
• approved an engineering agreement with Gonzales Companies of Salem for a county bridge rip-rap/scour project for both Kaskaskia River bridges and the Ramsey Creek Bridge, west of that city;
• adopted an ordinance approving the agreement with the local emergency management agency coordinator