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Glacier Ridge landfill

The sign for Advanced Disposal outside Horicon and Mayville.

JUNEAU — The city of Mayville has had a setback in its opposition to a landfill expansion.

Mayville filed a lawsuit in Dodge County Circuit Court last summer over the planned vertical expansion of the Advanced Disposal Glacier Ridge landfill site south of the city over how many members it would have on the Waste Facility Siting Board. The city was seeking four members of the board, which helps direct negotiations about the expansion, not just one.

Judge Martin De Vries ruled that the 100-foot vertical expansion itself is not within the city limits of Mayville so, under state law, the city is entitled to one member on the board as an “affected municipality.” He ruled that the town of Hubbard and the village of Kekoskee will have five members and that Dodge County will have two. The lawsuit was originally filed against the town of Williamstown, which was later attached to Kekoskee.

De Vries’ decision was final at the circuit court level.

“We’re going to have some discussions in closed session about our way forward,” said Mayor Rob Boelk of Mayville.

Officials in Mayville have declared their opposition to the landfill with concerns about the environmental impact to the water and air, including the odors from the landfill that spread throughout the area. The city also does not believe that a feasibility study from the state’s Department of Natural Resources was accurate. The mayor put up a yard sign in front of city hall that says “No Dump Expansion: It Stinks.”

De Vries did note Mayville’s environmental concerns in his decision.

The department found that the expansion would add three years of useful life to the landfill for a total of 10 years remaining on the site.

The lawsuit was also filed against Hubbard, Dodge County, Advanced Disposal and the siting board itself.

“We expected the decision to go that way because the state is the expert in this area,” said Don Hilgendorf, the village chair of Kekoskee.

The Mayville Common Council has appointed Joe Hohmann to the siting board and the landfill standing committee that will follow up with the siting board’s negotiations. Hohmann has been outspoken about the landfill as disputes continue between Mayville and the surrounding municipalities.

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