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Meyer Material files for 2-year extension on Cary mining activities

CARY — Meyer Material Co. has formally filed a request for more time to complete its mining operations at its Route 31 site, Village Administrator Chris Clark said.

Representatives of the company told the Village Board during their annual report in July they would likely be asking for a two-year extension on the project, which began in 2008 but has progressed more slowly than its original timeline dictated.

The current mining operations deadline is June 1, 2016, and the overall project was supposed to be done on June 1, 2018, accounting for a two-year restoration period.

Clark said the requested amendment to Meyer Material's conditional-use permit would extend the mining operations deadline to 2018, and it's unclear at this point whether there  still would be a restoration period.

The extension will likely be considered by the Board of Zoning, Planning and Appeals in January, Clark said, and would go to the Village Board after that.

Clark said the formal request came three to four months later than village staff anticipated.

"They will need to make their business case for that extension," Clark said. "I expect that to be a major project in the first quarter of 2016 in terms of the board considering the request, continuing dialogue with neighbors and other interested parties."

After a request from a trustee at a board meeting, Meyer Material gave more than 40 site tours to interested residents, Clark said.

Clark said the village had not heard many complaints from residents about the site, and those that came through were quickly remedied.

The new request, however, will require village officials to closely consider the effect of granting more time, including figuring out how it will affect the various fees that Meyer Material had previously agreed to.

"What impacts are there upon the neighborhood?" Clark said. "What other regulatory requirements do we as a village have as far as assessing those operations and how it’s being done in an environmentally sensitive way? With the extension comes additional work and additional commitments by the village."

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