Landfill withdraws application for expansion

by John Holler Correspondent

For the better part of the last year, the Wright County Planning Commission has gone through the process of hearing arguments as to whether or not to approve an expansion of 213 acres to the Advanced Disposal Services Rolling Hills Landfill in Monticello Township. The final decision was scheduled for the Dec. 12 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners. But, at the 11th hour, the landfill withdrew its application when it became clear that the county was going to deny the request. Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer informed the board that at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, his office received a letter from Rolling Hills informing them that they would be withdrawing the application. Commissioner Mike Potter said that he was frustrated with the decision. Had the matter not been withdrawn, it would have been officially approved or denied. With the withdrawal of the application, it’s almost as if the request didn’t exist, which Potter said it clearly did. “We spent months of meetings and public hearings on this to come to a decision that we thought was in the best interests of the county and best in keeping with our land use plan,” Potter said. “There are literally thousands of pages of documents that have been generated over this proposal. Back in my office, there is a stack that’s two or three feet high of just documents pertaining to this. After all this time to withdraw the proposal is frustrating because it opens the door to start it all up again at any time.”


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