On May 21, the St. Charles County Council chamber was standing room only with more than 230 people, well beyond the room’s posted 180-persons seating capacity, in attendance for the vote on a proposed trash transfer station.
The council wasted little time in disposing of the transfer station, which was first on the agenda. The decision came months after the county’s planning and zoning commission voted 9-0 last November to recommend denial to the council.
In dismissing the trash transfer station request, Chairman Dave Hammond [District 4] said the council was voting on accepting findings of fact and conclusions of law to deny the conditional use permit, both of which were finalized before a circuit court judge.
With no discussion, the board voted 7-0 to accept the findings, which affirmed the denial of the conditional use permit. The vote was greeted with loud applause before about half the audience left.
Approval of the conditional use permit would have been a step toward the transfer station becoming a reality on 8.07 acres along Arena Parkway and South River Road, near the Family Arena and the Katy Trail. According to Metro Fill Development’s proposal, the station would have been a place where trash would be consolidated and not a landfill. Regardless, residents stated concerns about smells, truck traffic and the station’s impact on property values.