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Smelly controversy in Vienna

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The City of Vienna is in the process of building a new Waste Water Reclamation Plant. The City of Vienna is in the process of building a new Waste Water Reclamation Plant.
Many of the residents living on Circle Drive they say they're having to deal with a lot of waste material from the old lagoon that was spread across a field behind their homes. Many of the residents living on Circle Drive they say they're having to deal with a lot of waste material from the old lagoon that was spread across a field behind their homes.

VIENNA, IL (KFVS) - There's a foul odor in the air in Vienna, and some residents say they want it to go away.

The City of Vienna is in the process of building a new Waste Water Reclamation Plant. They've contracted the work to Claredia and Ziegler Engineering in Marion, Illinois.

For many of the residents living on Circle Drive they say they're having to deal with a lot of waste material from the old lagoon that was spread across a field behind their homes.

"The human waste or human feces has been plowed and buried here within a hundred feet of my backdoor," said Margaret Cole. "My concern is for this community, to the people here in this area. We want people to know this is what's out here."

Brian Ziegler says they have removed several inches of soil and waste material they spread in the area and that his company has been assured by the Environmental Protection Agency that they have met all requirements for disposing of the sludge out of the old sewage lagoon.

"It was raw sewage as you can tell by the smell in the air, even after three weeks," said Cole. "My house was so bad I had company one weekend and they slept with a towel over their face. You could smell it and almost taste in the house."

Vienna's Mayor Jon Simmons says there's nothing the city can do about what has happened.

"I just don't' know that's all up to our engineers out of Marion. And they're taking care of all of that," said Mayor Simmons. "We can't do one thing about it. We're very sorry it happened, but there's nothing we can do."

Still many of Cole's neighbors say they want something done with the smelly soil, and they want it done soon.

"Remove it a foot to 18" take it down to the clay and haul it off of here," said Cole. " And I'll be a happy camper."

The engineering company, city leaders and residents have called a special meeting on Friday afternoon to decide what will, or will not be done about the situation.

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