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Transfer station hearing to be conducted tonight

A public hearing on Fred Weber Inc.'s application to construct and operate a solid-waste transfer station in Oakville will take place at 7 p.m. today — June 19 — in the Oakville Senior High School gymnasium, 5557 Milburn Road.

Fred Weber Inc. has submitted applications to the St. Louis County Depart-ment of Health and to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to operate the solid-waste transfer station on a 4.4-acre site comprised of three parcels at 664 Old Baumgartner Road, 5219 Baumgartner Road and 5211 Baumgartner Road.

The site is three-tenths of a mile east of Lemay Ferry Road and 1.3 miles east of Interstate 55.

Residents who live near the site plan to turn out in full force to voice their opposition to the proposal. At a recent town-hall meeting sponsored by County Councilman John Campisi, R-south county, about 15 Oakville residents told Campisi that the proposed solid-waste transfer station is too close to residential properties and would increase traffic, decrease property values and create a noxious odor.

Campisi also opposes the proposed solid-waste transfer station and urges residents to attend the public hearing to voice their opposition to the proposal. Besides the county, approval is needed from the state to operate the solid-waste transfer station.

A second public hearing on the proposal will be conducted by the Missouri Depart-ment of Natural Resources' Solid-Waste Management Program from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 14, at the Oakville Senior High gymnasium. An open house will be conducted from 6 to 7 p.m. and residents can speak individually with department staff and Fred Weber representatives.

As proposed, the transfer station would receive non-hazardous municipal waste, household waste, agricultural, governmental and industrial waste, and transfer the waste from collection trucks to larger carriers that would convey the waste to a landfill.

Fred Weber's proposal comes six months after the company received overwhelming community opposition to a request to locate a solid-waste transfer station in Oakville, not far from the site of the current application. That proposal 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.

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

But proponents of the previous proposal, including a consultant hired by Fred Web-er, 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.

Unlike its last proposal, however, Fred Weber's current proposal does not require a zoning change because the M-1 zoning classification of the Baumgartner Road allows such a facility.

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