Morton Grove Sends Out Info On Waste Station

The village wants to give residents background and details on a company's attempt to locate a waste transfer station here, and what the village can and can't do in response. A newsletter is mailing today.


After 22 residents spoke out on Aug. 13 against the idea of a waste transfer station coming to Morton Grove,  the village has prepared a special edition of its newsletter devoted to explaining the issue.

The newsletter will be at the post office today and residents may receive it in their mailboxes as soon as Saturday.



"It's a way to provide a little information to residents who may not know all the details about a possible transfer station and what's really involved," said Ryan Horne, village administrator.

"It's a way to clear the air, or clear the confusion that's out there."

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In the newsletter, Mayor Dan Staackmann writes that Morton Grove officials take any threat to residents' life, health or property seriously and wanted to communicate information about what's going on with the waste transfer station.

Some of the points the newsletter makes include:

  • Any business is free to buy land in the village and apply for a permit to use that land for its business purposes--in this case, a waste transfer station.
  • When Lakeshore Waste Services indicated it might apply for a waste transfer station, the village took a proactive move in March  that set laws and boundaries to protect the village. It's called a Host Benefit Agreement, and it's described as a "my house, my rules" document.
  • The Host Benefit Agreement allows the village to set rules on noise abatement, pest control and cleanliness of a facility if it were to be built. It also potentially saves the village $200,000 in fees it could have been liable for, and mandates the facility will pay the village some income, expected to be at least $250,000 annually.
  • Morton Grove officials' hands are tied in many ways because of state law, which says a facility such as a waste transfer station should be permitted if it meets nine criteria (outlined in the newsletter). If Morton Grove officials were to speak out against the waste transfer station, the company could charge bias and bring a lawsuit.
  • Similarly, state law in effect says Morton Grove officials cannot express an opinion on siting a waste transfer station in the village, and must remain impartial when talking about it.

The newsletter may be viewed in its entirety here.

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Pat Craig September 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I can certainly understand why the Citizens who have organized to fight the transfer station would be relieved not to be associated with the rat website. I checked the site out and about the only thing missing is a statement that you have won the Nigerian lottery. It is a site collecting names and emails in the guise of running a poll question. With all the spam and scam websites and email cons out there, I would be very cautious giving my email address and name to an anonymous person. It screams SCAM. Be cautious.
Mr. Rats September 02, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Hold on Pat Craig, I'm currently knocking back a few brews and won't be able to properly address your concerns till a bit later. Enjoy your Sunday.
Dan Goldberg September 02, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Ban together for a Federal investigation? Some people out there are getting just plain paranoid so maybe lay off the Oliver Stone movies for a while. How about doing something simple and easy? Go and ask the people you're accusing your questions directly. If they say no to these insulting and what I expect will be baseless questions and are proven to have misled us, then I'll be one of the first to call for their dismissal. Talk about putting the cart before the horse! Don, I hope you will be one of the first to stand up and apologize to these people when nothing they've done is found wrong and sincerely hope you are NOT one of the Citizens to Stop the Transfer, at least they seem working for a solution, not a witch hunt. Everybody is worried about losing our status as one of the best places to live because of this topic. I'd be more worried about some of the vitriolic comments getting us labeled as "The most narrow minded and meanest place to live". Enough already!
Lizzy T September 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Oh my! This does sound like a scam that I heard about on show like Sixty Minutes or 20/20. They want my emails and information and we don't have any way of knowing who they are? I hope everyone will be very prudent and protect themselves. Maybe the only rats are the ones on this website. Thank you Mr. Craig.
Pam DeFiglio September 02, 2012 at 08:44 PM
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