Microbrush’s Beech St. factory continues to generate complaints

Village unlikely to act because firm is vacating building in seven months
By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press staff

Neighbors of Microbrush International in Grafton continue to report issues with the operation, Community Development Coordinator Jessica Wolff told the Plan Commission last week.

Microbrush is based at 1376 Cheyenne Ave., but the complaints are about a factory at 550 Beech St. where the firm manufactures nasal wipes used in Covid-19 tests. The site is zoned for industrial use but is surrounded by residences.

Last year, neighbors complained semi trucks would regularly drive on their yards to set up for drop offs, employees would make noise late at night and vehicles would regularly park on nearby streets instead of the building parking lot.

The Plan Commission placed conditions on the factory, restricting parking on Bridge Street, limiting semi truck deliveries to between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. once per day, and making efforts to find smaller vehicles to make deliveries that would be less disruptive to neighbors.

The commission also told the company to work with its carrier to use shorter trucks to eliminate concerns about accessing a dock door on the northeast corner of the property.

But months later, the complaints persist.

“We’ve had limited success, unfortunately, with getting Microbrush’s transportation carrier to use those shorter semi trucks and as such, they are going over the curb and onto the grass of the resident who lives on the corner there,” Wolff said.

Wolff said one neighbor still has issues with semi trucks driving on his lawn so they can access the loading dock.

She added that on one occasion a semi truck parked overnight on Bridge Street before the driver was asked to move by police.

Wolff said the situation is challenging because Microbrush only has control of the vehicles used to make deliveries of supplies it orders, not those used to ship products.

Wolff said Microbrush officials are trying to correct the problems.

Wolff questioned if the company’s conditional use permit should be reconsidered by the Plan Commission, but since the company has only seven months remaining on its lease and plans to leave the space afterwards, the commission decided to let the matter be.

“At the end of the day it is an industrial zone. I think they are making an attempt and this is a temporary location,” Village President Jim Brunnquell said.

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