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Sand Mine Debate Will Last Until Next Year

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2013

If you’re eagerly waiting for a decision on a proposed new sand mine north of Utica, you’ll have to wait until next year.

After four more hours of testimony last night, the Utica Planning Commission and Trustees called it a night and will restart the Aramoni, LLC sand meeting on January 15th.  According to the NewsTribune, representatives from Aramoni wrapped up their testimony last night.  They want to mine land north of Love’s Travel Stop.

Among the people last night who spoke against the sand mine proposal was Meredith Mazza of Waltham Township who says the jobs Aramoni could create wouldn’t improve La Salle County’s unemployment rate that much.  Phil Gassman of Utica says a different sand mine in Utica caused his property value to plummet.  Speaking out in favor of the new sand mine was Steve Russo of the Local 150 who says the mine will produce quality jobs and benefits.

The attorney for Waltham Elementary Neil Smith wants the hearing delayed even beyond January 15th so he has time to bring in an expert on frac sands.

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