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Proposed La Salle Sand Mine Moves Forward

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2013

If someone is against Dan and Josh Voss creating a sand mine north of Interstate 80 in La Salle they are keeping quiet.  The father and son that own and operate Quality Sand Products have plans to open a sand mine and wet processes plant on about 80 acres west of Hickory Hallows Campground and east of the Pecumsaugan Creek.

To do so they need to have the land rezoned to M2 manufacturing and to receive a special use permit.  The land is already zoned for industrial use and a portion of it is used as farmland.

The Voss’s and their engineers explained their plans to the La Salle Planning Commission Wednesday night.  They plan to upgrade the frontage road to concrete, pay for the extension of water and sewer to their land, and turn the mine into a recreational lake when it’s no longer is use.

Dan Voss says they could be mining there for 25 to 30 years.  He thinks it will create 16-18 new jobs.  He says three trucks would run between the mine and their drying plant in Peru using I-80.

Nobody in the small crowd at the hearing had any questions or complaints.  The commission easily recommended the zoning change and permit. The La Salle City Council will have the final say.

The mine won’t require an Illinois Department of Natural Resource permit because of how much they’ll be mining per year and the amount of digging they’ll have to do to reach the sandstone.

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