Monday, August 11, 2008

Oakville Trash Station Under Review

Opponents to a controversial trash transfer station near Baumgartner and Old Baumgartner roads are holding out hope the Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis will void St. Louis County's permit for the project. The court has scheduled arguments on the matter for Sept. 24.

Fred Weber Inc. wants to build the station on 4.43 acres at 5219 Baumgartner Road. The station will act as a consolidation point where haulers will dump their trash, which will then be packed into tractor-trailers for transfer to a landfill. Weber will save fuel and time with the process. The site is one of three Weber had proposed in the south end of Oakville. residents have raised questions about health, safety, environment and property values.

After the St. Louis County Council unanimously rejected the project in 2004, Weber filed suit. On Oct. 19, a county circuit judge ruled for Weber and ordered the county to issue a permit. On Oct. 25, County Counselor Patricia Redington signed a settlement promising not to appeal.

County officials have said they obtained a better project through negotiations with Weber. Project opponents filed suit to overturn the settlement, and appealed a circuit court ruling against them.

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