County to keep $600K previously planned for local MRF renovations

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

August 9, 2014

WAUKESHA - 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 unnecessary.

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.