The Viroqua City Council approved a resolution to hold a public hearing on a Bethel Home and Services project and issuance of health care facilities revenue bonds, Series 2017 not to exceed $2.4 million at its meeting Tuesday.

Debra Stout-Tewalt, CEO of Bethel Home and Services, told the council the project includes adding 14 resident rooms, a living room and dining and activity areas to Bethel Oaks Memory Care at 620 Garfield Ave. “It’s similar to a home,” she said.

A hearing will be held Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The City Council also voted to allow “solid waste transfer station” as a conditional use in the B4 Industrial district.

Bill Meeks, who owns Southwest Sanitation, spoke during the public hearing. He said the building, which would be constructed on Power Drive west of ADM Grain, would be similar in size to the company’s recycling facility on Nelson Parkway. Southwest Sanitation trucks would bring solid waste to the building, dump it on the floor and the waste would be packed on semi-trailers and taken to a landfill. The solid waste would be on the floor for only 24 hours.

Following the public hearing and prior to the vote, Alderman Jeff Gohlke said Meeks would be back for a building permit. “This is the beginning of the process.”


Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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