Brookfield residents who live near a former quarry are glad that
a clean fill project planned for the location was canceled.
president of the citizens group Brookfield Residents Against the
Dump and co-owner and manager of Regal Crest, said he was happy
the controversial project had been called off.
about the whole situation,” he said. “It’s at least postponed
Excavators and the Siepmann Group proposed to bring in Wisconsin
Department of Transportation clean fill from its Zoo Interchange
project to a former quarry on Burleigh Road, also known as the
Sileno property. The plan included housing to be built on part
of the property and another portion to be turned into a park
after the clean fill operations were completed.
statute, because the clean fill was coming from a WisDOT
project, it did not have to go through the city approval
of the Siepmann Group on Friday said the agreement between his
company and Super Excavators with the quarry land’s owner was
terminated, but declined to say why.
County Supervisor and Brookfield resident Patricia Haukohl said
she was relieved when she heard the project was canceled,
because she worried about the negative effects it would have on
As a resident
of Waynescott Road, Haukohl said the project would have been in
her backyard. She credits Regal and the members of B.R.A.D. for
working to prevent the proposed road fill operations.
are ongoing between Regal and members of B.R.A.D. with the owner
of the property, Jim Sileno, who did not return calls seeking
It is possible
that another developer could plan to bring WisDOT clean fill to
the former quarry, but members of B.R.A.D. are working to
Regal said he
has been discussing the future of the property with Sileno. He
said there aren’t any concrete details to announce yet.
“It’s going in
the right direction at least. Nothing is set in stone right
now,” he said.
she heard discussions about having a different approach to the
B.R.A.D. also plan to go to Madison to speak during a public
hearing Dec. 17 on a bill that Rep. Dale Kooyenga has created,
which would affect projects like the clean fill operations
proposed for Brookfield.
The bill would
amend the state statute so that if the proposed WisDOT clean
fill or material disposal site has more than 500 residents
living within a one-mile radius, it would no longer be exempted
from local zoning approvals. The bill also specifies that the
municipality is not preempted from exercising any authority to
regulate, by ordinance, the hours of operation of, or noise or
traffic volume relating to, any borrow site or material disposal