MAYVILLE — The city of Mayville has issued another legal challenge to slow or stop expansion of a landfill that is south of the city.
The city is in the middle of a lawsuit against the Waste Facility Siting Board, the towns of Hubbard and Williamstown, Dodge County and Advanced Disposal over a landfill that is slated for a vertical expansion of about 100 feet. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the useful life of the landfill is seven more years without the expansion and 10 more years with the expansion.
The original legal challenge by the city is over how many members Mayville should have on the siting board, which represents the relevant government bodies as action goes forward with the waste facility.
Now the city also will challenge a study from the state Department of Natural Resources about the expansion of Glacier Ridge Landfill, which is off County Highway V between the city of Mayville and Highway 33.
City officials argue that the study was not accurate and does not take into account the environmental impact of an expansion. The study was completed in November. Officials in Mayville remain concerned about how the landfill affects the water and air, including the odors from the facility.
Mayville residents have complained for years about the odors from the landfill which serves 12 counties including Dodge, Fond du Lac, Columbia, Dane, Jefferson and Green Lake.
The DNR’s study concluded that an expanding the landfill would not lead to any major impacts beyond those of the facility as it currently exists. The study also determined that, if the landfill is not expanded, waste would instead have to be transported to a different facility, or a new facility would need to be constructed, both of which would come with their own effects.
Mayville filed its original lawsuit, seeking more members on the siting board, in August. A motion hearing is scheduled in the case for Jan. 30 a the defendants deny Mayville’s claims. The city’s plan to challenge the study in court is a bigger step against the landfill expansion.
There will be a public hearing about the landfill Jan. 30.
The landfill and its revenue is also an issue in the ongoing dispute over the larger village of Kekoskee, created after the state approved the village of Williamstown attaching to the village.