If all goes well, a landscape waste transfer facility will soon be a new neighbor in Carol Stream.
The Carol Stream village board voted Monday to authorize a lease agreement with Organic Soils, Inc. so the company can construct and operate the facility on property at the northeast corner of the intersection of Kuhn Road and McNees Drive.
Organic Soils, Inc. will be leasing the property from the village. The village will receive benefits from the company, including $18,000 in annual rent.
Landscape contractors and waste haulers will drop off landscape waste materials at the facility. The waste will then be moved into a transfer trailer and transported to a composting facility in Bristol, southwest of Aurora.
However, the facility will not accept materials directly from residents.
"If you look at the site plan, the site plan was never designed contemplating incorporating residential or homeowners' vehicles in with garbage trucks, transfer vehicles, landscaping vehicles," Village Manager Joseph Breinig said.
"... You wouldn't mix that type of traffic if this was a warehouse. We would try to have the semitrailers coming in and leaving one way and the customers coming in and out a different way. And this really doesn't afford that kind of segregation," he added.
Although the village board authorized the lease agreement and approved zoning changes for the facility Monday, the company still needs to iron out some details for the project.
These include getting permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the facility, Breinig said.
"There are some additional plans that need to be ... prepared to meet all of the permit requirements and all of the village and county stormwater requirements," said Organic Soils, Inc. Vice President David Gravel.
The facility would operate on a seasonal basis, Gravel said. Generally, it would be open for business between March 15 and December 15 each year, according to village documents.
Gravel said the facility will hopefully open in spring 2015.
Breinig said in a Monday interview that the transfer facility would shorten the distance haulers need to travel with yard wastes. "...That affects fuel economy, that affects hours that a driver is on the road," he said.