GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - For the last three months Smart Soil, LLC has been in Hall County on a trial basis. The facility brought in a committee each week to visit their site and learn more about what they do.
The Hall County Board listens as committee members share their experience at Smart Soil's facility. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
On Tuesday many of those committee members came before the Hall County Board to talk about their experience.
"I hadn't heard from many of them, what they were thinking or saying," Smart Soil, LLC Owner Andrew Woitaszewski said. "It's nice hearing positive comments."
While a large majority of people who came out did have positive comments, some who lived close by were still concerned about the smells they have to deal with.
"We built our homes there first. He came along second," Community Member Pam Dubbs said. "I would like to see that they don't turn that stuff on Sundays from May 1st to October 1st. Most people like their backyards in the summertime and on holidays."
The county board took those suggestions and made it part of the permit's conditions. Also that he must have quarterly inspections. Woitaszewski says he was fine making those adjustments.
"They have concerns and I need to address those," Woitaszewski said. "All I can do is continually work as hard as I can to mitigate those, learn and educate and keep working on those."
While the smell has seemed to be the top concern from the beginning, some in favor of the compost facility say it's not enough for them to stop supporting it.
"Smell is only one part of a compost project," Community Member Marilyn Mead said to the Board. "Let us not forget the purpose of a compost site - to recycle unusable products into a usable product. What happens to the unusable products if there isn't a recyclable process? They end up in the landfill."
The board approved the permit today with a 6 to 1 vote.