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Transfer station deal put on hold

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Evanston aldermen Monday put on hold plans to settle a long-running legal dispute with the owners of the city's only trash transfer station until after there's time to gather community input on the proposed deal.

The agreement, negotiated by City Attorney Grant Farrar, would let Advanced Disposal Services move forward with landscaping plans for the property that the company proposed five years ago when it was known as Veolia Waste Management.

And it would reduce the city fee on trash moving through the transfer station from $2 per ton to $0.75 per ton and permanently cap it at that level.

Such fees in other communities vary widely, but at least one Illinois community, Plano, has a fee schedule that tops out at $2.39 per ton for landfill waste. And the fee in Plano is subject to increases based on the consumer price index.

The delay in acting on the settlement was called for by Alderman Peter Braithwaite, whose 2nd Ward includes the transfer station site at 1711 Church St., and by Alderman Delores Holmes, whose 5th Ward adjoins the property.

Neighboring residents have complained for years about noxious odors from the transfer station and rodent problems they believe are attributable to the facility.

Several aldermen, in discussion after the Administration and Public Works Committee meeting, indicated they were taken by surprise by the proposed agreement, which was included in Friday's City Council packet and was first reported by Evanston Now Monday morning.

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