Residents to dump on plan

As many as 200 property owners were anticipated at the July 14 meeting of the Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals. At issue is a proposal to locate a recycling center on South Bend Road.

“The fat’s in the fire on this one,” declared Pete MacKay. The recycling site lies within MacKay’s district 5. “Unless it’s enclosed I won’t support it,” he said. “It’s not a good thing in immediate proximity to a residential neighborhood.”

Approximately 200 people live within a short distance from the proposed site. The property is supposedly owned by a Chicago firm.

The property has been placed in a bank trust to conceal the identity of the developers. They are represented by attorney Dennis Leahy. He has offered no details on how the site is to be developed.

The site is zoned for general industrial use and formerly was owned by a railroad. The application for zoning approval stated the site may be used for storing ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics and glass, but will not be limited to those kinds of materials.

Homeowners are fearful the intended use will create air and water pollution, noise, increased traffic and would damage their property values.

Rockford Blacktop Co. recently proposed moving an ATV track at the South Bend location to Blacktop’s property on South Main Road to make room for the recycling center.

“I would be shocked if the board supported this,” MacKay said.

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