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Weber proposes solid-waste transfer station in Oakville

Six months after receiving overwhelming community opposition to its request to locate a solid-waste transfer station in Oakville, Fred Weber Inc. has submitted plans to St. Louis Coun-ty for an identical facility near the site of its original proposal.

Unlike its original proposal, however, Fred Weber Inc. would not have to ob-tain a zoning change because the M-1 zoning classification of the 4.4-acre site comprised of three parcels at 664 Old Baumgartner Road, 5219 Baum-gartner Road and 5211 Baumgartner Road would allow such a facility, according to a news release from County Councilman John Campisi, R-south county.

But the St. Louis County Depart-ment of Health is required to conduct a public hearing on the plans submitted by Fred Weber Inc. for the solid-waste transfer station within 90 days after receiving the proposal. That public hearing had not been scheduled at the Call's press time.

Besides the county, approval is needed from the state to operate the solid-waste transfer station.

Fred Weber previously sought to locate a solid-waste transfer station on a 27.7-acre site on the south side of Baumgartner Road and the east side of the Burlington Northern Railroad right of way. Fred Weber sought a zoning change to the M-3 Planned Industrial District and the FPM Flood-Plain Planned Industrial District from the NU Non-Urban District and the FPNU Flood-Plain Non-Urban District.

A public hearing conducted on that request by the county Planning Commission last November drew hundreds of residents who were opposed to the proposal.

But proponents of the previous proposal, including a consultant hired by Fred Weber, contended the facility would fill a need that nobody wants to discuss. That consultant, Derrick Standley of the Genesis Group, also is representing Fred Weber in its latest proposal.

The Planning Commission did not take any action on Fred Weber's rezoning request after an attorney representing the company asked the panel to postpone a decision indefinitely.

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