Holland board denies permit for manure digester

Posted at 10 p.m. on May 20, 2019

The Brillion News

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HOLLANDTOWN – The Brown County Town of Holland’s town board voted on Monday, May 20th, 2-1 to deny B.C. Organics the conditional use permit it needed to build a $65 million plant to process dairy manure, including collecting methane gas for sale as natural bio-gas.

The vote came after 1½ hours of discussion and argument, with town chairman Jerome Wall voting for the plant and town supervisors Mike Geiger and Tom Vande Wettering voting to deny the necessary permit.

Despite the vote, the attorney for B.C. Organics said the whole process was flawed. Attorney John Thiel said the town’s consideration of the application for the conditional use permit was illegal and unconstitutional and did not use due process.

Thiel said the town’s zoning code is defective because the town has no position of zoning administrator

Thiel raised many legal objections during the meeting – a possible sign that a lawsuit against the town could follow.

The photo accompanying this story shows BC Organics attorney John Thiel objecting to actions by Holland town attorney James Sickel (in glasses) that Thiel called illegal and unconstitutional.

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