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Utica Sand Mine Hearing Drags Into Another Week

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2014

Over 24 hours of testimony still isn’t enough time to produce an answer in Utica about a new sand mine.

According to the NewsTribune, Utica officials ended the fifth night of a sand mine hearing around one Wednesday morning without a vote.  A decision could come Wednesday, February 5 at 6pm even though trustees hinted they may add requirements before saying yes or no to Aramoni, LLC to mine sand north of Love’s Travel Stop.  Additional requirements could include homeowner buyouts and a tipping fee set aside for mine reclamation.

During Tuesday night’s hearing, the sand mine opponents attorney Walt Zukowski said the village had cut a terrible annexation deal with Aramoni and that the village would become a slave to the sand industry if they approved the new mine.

Aramoni lawyer Jim Andreoni argued that the mine will put $25 million into the village, schools and La Salle County.

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