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Town of Seymour residents picket outside Seven Mile Creek Landfill

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Town of Seymour (WQOW) - Residents in a Seymour neighborhood are continuing to fight against a proposed landfill. Members of the Seven Mile Creek Neighborhood were picketing outside the Advanced Disposal landfill on Saturday.

Last month, the landfill proposed a plan that includes fencing to collect loose debris, new trees for privacy on adjacent properties, and property value appraisals. However, protesters said they're still concerned about the safety of the groundwater and nearby creek, and a lack of consequences for trucks caught littering.

They were also concerned this won't be the last time advanced disposal wants to expand.

One homeowner, Sally Witte, said she wants someone to represent her neighborhood in future negotiations.

"I hope they let one of our people who lives close to the landfill be on the siting committee, too," Witte said. "I think that would be helpful to show what we're going through, instead of the people that live five miles from here."

Witte said she'd also like compensation for any property value lost due to the landfill.

A public meeting and final negotiations were scheduled earlier this month, but both were postponed. Now, a public meeting is set for this Wednesday, and negotiations are planned for February 6.

Protesters said more and more people are joining their effort, and has even caught the attention of the DNR and state officials.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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