- Over a half a million dollars previously set aside for
improvements to the Waukesha County material recycling
facility will be used for other purposes after the county
decided it would no longer operate the facility.
According to a packet of legislative referrals sent out by
the county Thursday afternoon, $600,000 that had been
earmarked for “pavement, structural and technological
improvements” at the South Prairie Avenue MRF will instead
be put back into the recycling facility capital project’s budget. “It
stays in the recycling fund,”
said Dale Shaver, director of Waukesha County’s Department
of Parks & Land Use. “That money will be used for
continued operation of the joint facility, dividends — or
tax relief — back to those municipal partners.”
In April, the County Board approved an intergovernmental
agreement with the city of Milwaukee to run a joint
recycling facility in the Menomonee Valley. That plan
initially called for the Waukesha MRF to be used as a
transfer station where materials could be further condensed
before being moved to the Menomonee Valley location.
However, it was later discovered that if the Waukesha
location were bypassed and materials were taken directly to
the joint facility, Waukesha County would save nearly $1.9
million over seven years.
Because of this, the Waukesha MRF will no longer be
operational, making the $600,000 worth of improvements
According to the referrals, the budget for the project will
be amended with the total county expenditure amount dropping
from $7.7 million to $7.1 million.