County leaders look to enforce, update ordinances to take care of landfill smell

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — Residents in the New Milford area say they are fed up with the odor creeping into their homes.

“It’s kind of a sulfur smell,” Mona Knowlton, a New Milford resident says.

That smell is coming from landfills just down the road from where those residents live. Now, the county is getting involved.

“There’s no way those people should have to live under those circumstances,” Winnebago County board member Paul Arena says.

The first place county leaders say they want to start is by enforcing ordinances that are already on the books. One of those is making sure all trucks coming and out of landfills are properly permitted through the health department.

“I think that’s something that we can get going on right away and address the problem,” Arena says.

But, there are questions as to if all trucks are permitted to use the facilities.

“I’ve been told that there are many trucks that go in and out and that we don’t have many permits,” Arena says.

13 News asked the health department if all trucks coming through the landfill had permits. It said it has 160 trucks from 18 companies with proper permits. However, it is unclear if that is exactly how many trucks go to the landfill.

Another ordinance the county is looking into is one that is supposed to make sure the landfill keeps trash from blowing around and controls the smell.

It’s one some board leaders say that needs to be updated.

“It’s written very generally,” Arena says. “It doesn’t have specific standards to impose.”

In a statement to 13 News, the health department says its also taking a look at those ordinances to update and modernize them. County board leaders are set to meet with the health department on Thursday.

Andi TenBarge

Andi TenBarge


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