To the Editor:
As the Marengo City Council continues to speedily annex properties south of town to gain access to the future Route 23 interchange, it is giving concessions that may have grave consequences.
At 7 p.m. May 28, the council will be voting to annex more than 300 acres, changing it to manufacturing with a special use. (The majority will be a gravel pit.)
But 70 of those acres are planned to be a landscape composting facility. This is a huge problem for all of us.
This is located along Route 23, and as people come into the “new city of Marengo,” this acreage will greet them. The “fragrance” will be apparent first. That is what the proponents call it. We would call it a bad smell.
As you look around to find the source of the smell, you will see the insects hovering. More importantly, though, groundwater contamination is a major consideration. The gravel and hydric soils that make this land so valuable create huge groundwater problems because of the permeability of the soil. These issues are spelled out in a report done by the Department of Soil and Water (#13-019-3793).
Information can be found on the Riley Township website (www.rileytwp.com).
Call your city council member and please at least come to the meeting to hear how the council will address these issues.