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Recycling company plans upset neighbors in north La Crosse

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A La Crosse city committee has approved a zoning change which would allow a local recycling business to expand in the north-side industrial park. 

The project planned by the Harter family is being opposed by neighbors who fear a negative effect on their area around County Road SS, near Crossing Meadows. 

A few of those neighbors told the judiciary committee on Tuesday that they hadn’t been told about the Harter expansion plans on currently unoccupied land. One speaker said he didn’t want to hear beeping sounds from trucks backing up at the recycling plant all day long, while another claimed the plan was part of an “industrial takeover” of the SS area.

Supporters of the La Crosse River marsh also argue that the industrial expansion would hurt the marsh. 

The rezoning from multiple dwelling to heavy industrial was narrowly approved by a 4-to-3 vote of the committee, and moves on to the full city council next week.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Kent Porter

    March 3, 2022 at 8:18 am

    Harters built a garbage dumpster repair shop a couple years ago just east of the walking trail by Hayes St , you can see it and smell it from the bike trail , there are mountains of dumpster trash piled up as the tip the dumpsters upside down and bang on them with sledge hammers to knock the rotten garbage out of them , they are out there a 7AM everyday banging away , there are also wetlands just north of there stink hole and that cannot be good for the enviorment , COMON MAYOR MITCH REYMOLDS , Would you want this 300 feet from your house , I think NOt !!!!!!!!!

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