We told you a while back about Kae Wynne's difference of opinion with Okanogan County that she put up some kind of security fence around the compost facility she plans for Winthrop. Now, that is going before Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee a week from today.
Wynne's company, B2G Compost, plans to process fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, spent grains, wood chips and sawdust in aerated composting bins at the facility at the end of Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop.
Our friends at the Methow Valley News reports that Okanogan County added the fencing requirement after receiving public comments about the B2G proposal, the majority raising concerns about odor, noise and visual impacts. Some commenters worried about safety risks associated with the facility.
Wynne has proposed an alternative that she says would address concerns raised by the county and members of the public — constructing an electric fence around the composting bins to exclude bears and erecting berms or hedges that would screen the facility without blocking wildlife.
The appeal hearing is next Thursday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan. Evidence will be presented at the hearing by Wynne and by Okanogan County.
There's more on this at methowvalleynews-dot-com.