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Meeting set to seek transfer station agreement

Evanston officials and residents plan to meet Thursday evening with representatives from the owners of the garbage transfer station on Church Street  to try to reach an agreement about the facility's operations. 

Evanston officials and residents plan to meet Thursday evening with representatives from the owners of the garbage transfer station on Church Street  to try to reach an agreement about the facility's operations. 

Recently constructed townhouses overlook the transfer station.

The station, owned by Veolia Environmental Services, has been the subject of frequent complaints by nearby residents who say an odor of garbage often permeates the largely residential neighborhood around the site.

The facility is licensed by the state Environmental Protection Agency, and has generally passed annual inspections by that agency.

Ashley McIlwee of the city's health department says the concept of a "host community agreement" has been used in recent years by other Illinois communities that are the site of transfer stations, including Glenview, Plano and West Chicago.

She said the decision to sign an agreement would be voluntary by the company, but that once it was adopted, the city could enforce the standards that had been agreed to.

Muffy McAuley, a neighboring property owner who has been among those complaining about the transfer station's operation, says that in addition to foul odors garbage trucks using the site cause vibration damage to nearby homes and create dangerous traffic conditions for children using Mason Park across Church Street from the transfer station and for students travelling to and from nearby Evanston Township High School.

The transfer station, under various owners, has been at the site since at least 1984.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 2200 of the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

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