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Panel slates hearing on changes proposed for trash-transfer stations


For the Call

Oakville residents are marking their calendars for a meeting of the St. Louis County Planning Commission next week.

The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to amend the county zoning ordinance pertaining to trash-transfer stations and other solid-waste processing facilities.

As proposed, developers would be required to obtain a conditional-use permit for such facilities. Under the proposal, the Planning Commission would be required to conduct a public hearing on CUP requests, which would have to be approved by the County Council.

The public hearing on the proposed changes will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in the County Council Chambers of the County Government Center's Administration Building, 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton.

"We'll be there,'' said Oakville resident Tom Diehl who, along with thousands of his neighbors, is fighting a Fred Weber Inc. proposal to construct a waste-transfer facility at 5219 Baumgartner Road. "We'll make presentations if they'll let us.''

While the Planning Commission is considering a proposal that would require de-velopers to obtain a CUP for trash-transfer stations and other solid-waste processing facilities, the station Diehl and his neighbors are fighting does not require a zoning change because the M-1 zoning classification of the site would allow such a facility.

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 Vice President Tom Dunne Jr. did not return telephone calls before the Call's press time. Weber is seeking to construct the facility in area bordered by 22 subdivisions, a church, day care, community college and retail center.

"We're still doing research as to how to define this type of facility,'' said Michael Zeek of the Department of Planning. "The (County) Council is working on additional restrictions on where these facilities can be located.''

Wayne Hilzinger of Oakville, a member of the Planning Commission, said, "The commission has to get public input before it makes a recommendation to the council. The public has had a large impact on the process by showing up at these meetings.''

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