Landfill pacts resolve issues

Expansions include sewer, water service to neighborhood

Dec. 10, 2008

As negotiations for a future expansion are about to begin, previous requests by Waste Management to vertically and horizontally expand the Orchard Ridge Landfill are expected to be approved by the Menomonee Falls Village Board this month.

Committees comprised of representatives from surrounding municipalities on Dec. 2 approved requests to add 15 feet of height and 10 acres of width to the south of the local facility, N9355 Boundary Road.

Instead of an increase to the 3 percent in host fees the village and Waukesha County receive annually on a per-ton basis, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said the agreements for both expansions include an extension of water and sewer service to 19 homes on Bonnie Lane.

“The host fees they (Waste Management) pay to us (the village) and Waukesha County were left unchanged from the original 2004 agreement primarily because we (the village) felt it was more important to resolve the water and sewer situation in this stable residential neighborhood,” Fitzgerald said, adding that the change could increase property values in that area.

At an estimated cost of about $1.5 million, Waste Management has agreed to pay to extend water and sewer service and dispose of existing wells and septic tanks.

Quarterly well testing was required on Bonnie Lane in previous agreements, which Fitzgerald said could cause a “great deal of uncertainty for prospective buyers even though those well tests have never showed any issues.”

The double expansion would increase the capacity of the landfill by 2.4 cubic yards and add two to three years of site life.

A new request to expand the facility eastward could further extend the facility’s life to 2026 if it also is approved.

A similar committee comprised of representatives from Menomonee Falls, the city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee and Waukesha counties also is expected to form this month to negotiate Waste Management’s latest expansion request.

The Menomonee Falls Village Board last month reviewed the new proposal, which calls for adding 43 acres to the east of the landfill, for an estimated capacity increase of 4.3 million cubic yards and 4 to 6 years of site life.

When the landfill opened in 1995, it included 75 acres and had an estimated life of 10 to 15 years.

A 75-acre expansion to the south in 2004 extended the site’s life to 2017.

— Ty Finke, Staff Writer

NEXT STEP

WHAT: discussion and possible ratification of the vertical and horizontal landfill expansion agreements by the Menomonee Falls Village Board

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Village Hall, N8480 Pilgrim Road

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