Recycling company wants a change

By Dave Rank - Daily News

Dec. 29, 2014

WEST BEND - A month after receiving a conditional use permit from West Bend, a recycling company opening a site in the city is asking to change restrictions.

The West Bend Plan Commission Tuesday night will hold a public hearing on 5R Processors Ltd.s request to amend the conditional use permit it received Dec. 2. 5R wants to expand its operating hours by 90 minutes at its new 7-acre site, 133 Oak St.

It has residential neighborhoods on three sides and the Eisenbahn State Trail to the east.

At the first Plan Commission meeting, industrial site neighbors had concerns about the business bringing in more traffic, noise and lowering property values.

Friday, neighbors living at the intersection of Oak Street and Second Avenue 5Rs main entrance expressed concern about potential traffic problems but seem accepting of the company moving in.

Its going to be disappointing because its nice and quiet around here now, Victoria Mills said. I suppose itll be like living next to a store.

My only concern is the amount of traffic theyll be bringing in and the people, Amy Miller said. There are a lot of kids riding their bikes around here.

Originally, the permit allowed 5R to operate from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday (51 hours per week). The company has requested changing those daily hours to 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (60 hours) for its recycling division and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (48 hours) for its retail store, according to a report filed by Jim Reinke, West Bend Department of Development business and development planner.

The change would meet production demands and provide better retail hours for customers, according to the memorandum.

I dont think its a really big deal, neighbor Peter David said. I expected they would expand their operating hours. I didnt think anyone could run their business on 40 hours a week.

Headquartered in Ladysmith, 5R plans to hire up to 50 workers at the former Praefke Brake & Supply Corp., which offers 105,398 square feet of buildings. 5R provides electronics recycling, business-to-business services and electronics resale shops.

The Oak Street property has been mostly vacant since 2003.

The Plan Commission also will vote on a proposed conditional use permit to allow Quincy Recycle Papers Inc., Quincy, Illinois, to open a business-to-business recycling unit at 2230 Stonebridge Circle in the West Bend Industrial Park South.

That 6.5-acre property has been vacant since 2012 when a former recycling business closed. The property has a 95,200-square-foot industrial building.

The commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 1115 S. Main St.