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Ottawa Planning Commission Moves Sand Terminal Ahead

Posted by wlpo on June 24, 2013

While you were enjoying the Blackhawks, members of the Ottawa Planning Commission spent another couple hours talking about regulations for a barge terminal to ship sand.

The planning commission is recommending the Ottawa City Council approve a conditional use permit for Archer Daniels Midland to run a barge terminal along Route 71 to ship out sand from Mississippi Sand who wants to mine east of Starved Rock State Park.  Commission members did set up eight conditions for their recommendation including limiting the terminals operating hours to 7 from 7 on weekdays and 7 until noon on Saturdays.  No one from ADM was at last night’s meeting to comment on the limited hours or any other proposed regulation such as building a sound barrier of trees and repaving an entrance road.

Because of the drawn out process, the Ottawa City Council won’t officially vote on the recommendation until August.  Planning Commission Chairman Brent Barron joked what’s another three weeks, we’ve already drawn this thing out already.

The lengthy meetings about the sand terminal didn’t sit well with commissioner member Alan Howarter.  About an hour and a half into last night’s meeting, he said he was tired of sand talk and called for a vote.  When no one seconded his motion, Howarter left the meeting.

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