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By KEVIN KOELLING
TELL CITY – In their first regular third-Tuesday meeting of the year, the Perry County commissioners will consider a petition by Waupaca Foundry to rezone the majority of a 200-acre area in central Perry County back to agricultural or conservation use.
Filing the petition fulfills a promise company officials made after resistance arose to their plan to open a monofill in Anderson Township on land then owned by Charles Edwards. People expressing concerns in several meetings were worried about potential water contamination, dust and traffic disrupting a pastoral area of the county.
As the News reported July 23, attorneys representing the foundry and people concerned about the monofill’s location had reached an agreement that included rezoning land that will not be used for the disposal of sand used in foundry processes. The land was rezoned to allow industrial use, but that portion of it that won’t include the actual “footprint” of the monofill was to be returned to agricultural or conservation use after company officials determined where the monofill would actually be sited.
The 200 acres appear as two rectangular blocks on county maps, one atop and offset from the other, at and including the end of Albany Road north of Gatchel. The monofill, defined as a landfill serving a single industry, will be constructed almost entirely in the northern of the two rectangles. Waupaca operates a monofill at Troy that is nearing capacity.
The Perry County Plan Commission issued a favorable recommendation on the rezoning request at a Dec. 13 meeting, according to Planning and Zoning Director Huber Voges Jr. He said county residents initially sought a postponement of that meeting because they hadn’t been provided information about the specific 75-acre site of the monofill. That information was available for the meeting, however, so they agreed to let it proceed, he said.
The commissioners will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse. The only other items on their agenda as of Friday were approval of payroll and a reorganization of the county’s board of finance for 2013.