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Hearing begins for sand mine proposed for Utica

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2011

Noise, dust, and what having a sand mine next door could do to your property value are some of the concerns being discussed as officials with a sand mine make their case for setting up shop in Utica.

Illinois Sand Company is asking to have land south of the Route 6 Osage curves rezoned for mining and annexed into Utica.  The village’s planning commission Tuesday night was able to question one of the people behind the proposal, Illinois Cement President Wayne Emmer.

Emmer took the most grilling from attorney George Mueller, who is representing 28 people who oppose the mine.  Mueller asked about what the mine would do to future development and value of the homes near it.

Emmer says most of the neighbors wouldn’t have to see the operation because a 15 foot berm would be in place.  He estimates 120 to 130 trucks per shift would come and go from the mine to the Illinois Riverfront.  He says truck traffic would be limited to Route 6, East 13th Road and a portion of North 2803rd Road.  There would also be a well protection agreement.

Despite going for four hours, more people representing the mine still need to be questioned by the planning commission, Mueller, and anyone in the audience.  The hearing will resume Wednesday, January 4 at 5:30pm at Waltham Elementary South.

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