GREEN BAY (WFRV) Green Bay's Planning Commission recommended continued approval of Oneida Seven Generations Corporation's conditional use permit for a trash-gasification plant. All that was needed was city council approval. But the council instead voted to rescind the permit. Project opponents believe the council had seen the light.
"They sat down, they thought about it and re-looked at it and said--"yeah! We agree with you. It was rushed," said neighborhood association member Robert Heroux.
Mayor Jim Schmitt, who supports the plant, says despite the vote, the project is not dead.
"I do think we need to find a way to make all parties happy. And I have some meetings set up in the next few days to see if we can come up with a resolution to this matter," he said.
Oneida Seven Generations Corporation CEO Kevin Cornelius agreed in a written statement that the project will go on.
"The city has a process for obtaining a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). We have followed it every step of the way and have obtained every permit required and will meet every city regulation required. "We have never mislead anyone nor lied about this project...It remains our intent to build this waste to energy facility.," the statement said.
Other sides have previously been mention for the gasification plant. Mayor Schmitt says all options, including a possible mayoral veto, are on the table. But Schmitt adds he plans, and prefers, to meet with the parties involved to try and resolve concerns.
"I do like the concept. I think we need to.find a way to give people a big comfort level with it," Schmitt said.
Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.