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News & Notes: Dec. 23

Dec. 23, 2013

Concrete plant

could still come

West Allis — A controversial concrete batch plant could still be established on unused land at Quad/Graphics in West Allis but it might not be until February or March before a decision is made, said Ryan Murphy, senior manager of the company wanting to establish the temporary plant.

The West Allis Common Council gave Brownsville, Wis.-based Michels Corp. permission for the batch plant at 555 S. 108th St. and 11000 W. Theodore Trecker Way at the Quad/Graphics plant so that it could participate in work on the Zoo Interchange.

Whether Michels could actually use the site was thrown into question when the council last week didn't allow night operations at the proposed plant because of the city's noise ordinance.

Until last week, Michels saw that as a deal-breaker. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation that is doing the Zoo Interchange project could well require some night work. But last week, a Michels official notified Tom Lajsic, chairman of the Safety and Development Committee that considered the Michels' request, that the company might operate at Quad/Graphics during the day and contract out night work.

A nearby cement company that is grandfathered into West Allis codes can do night work. However, West Allis officials and residents of the area still don't like that idea because of the noise.

Michels officials are waiting for February or March because that is when some needed information will come from the DOT, Murphy said.

Residents fight plan

for cell antennas

Greenfield — With about a dozen neighbors behind him, Randy Keltner told the Greenfield Common Council why those living near 43rd Street and Grange Avenue don't like the plan to put cell phone antennas near their homes.

Verizon Wireless proposes putting antennas on eight city lampoles to improve reception in the area.

But the neighbors were concerned that some studies link electromagnetic radiation nearby to health problems in both humans and animals, Keltner said. The antenna at 43rd and Grange would be 70 feet from his bedroom window, he said.

He noted a German study that he said shows the cancer rate triple the normal rate for those living within 1,300 feet of a cell tower.

Neighbors also are worried about their home values going down, he said. He has spoken with several real estate professionals who said sale prices go down when a cell phone antenna is within sight, Keltner said.

He also criticized placement of an antenna at 43rd Street because it is in a low spot.

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