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Hearing for proposed sand mine continues in Utica

Posted by wlpo on January 5, 2012

Drainage, ground water, and traffic were the concerns of homeowners hoping their new neighbor won’t be a sand mine.  A couple hundred people returned to Waltham South School in Utica Wednesday evening to express displeasure for a sand mine proposed by Illinois Sand Company.

They were there for the second night of a Utica Planning Commission hearing.  The company is asking the commission and the village board to have land annexed into the village with a special use permit for mining.

Many people who live immediately south of the site wanted to know how the mine would affect drainage and water flowing onto their properties.  Larry Good with Chamlin and Associates, the firm hired by Illinois Sand, explained how they planned to change the way water flowed through the property.

An attorney representing a group of homeowners, George Anderson presented maps and a document he said proved there is coal on the property which could create hazards.

Planning Commission member Warren Munson asked if the land could ever be turned into a landfill.  Illinois Sand’s attorney, Jim Duncan said they could put it in writing it wouldn’t be.

The commission still needs to question more people with the sand company before making a decision on the requests.  The hearing will continue Monday, January 9 at 6pm at the grade school.

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