Cary residents express concerns about Meyer Material extension proposal

CARY – Residents from the neighborhood near the Meyer Material property continue to voice opposition to continued mining activities on the site even as the Village Board first heard the company’s case for an extension last week.

Meyer Material, which began mining in 2008, is asking for an amendment to its agreement with the village that would allow it to continue mining and restoration activities on its site along Route 31 until June 1, 2020.

The current agreement calls for mining to be finished by June 1 of this year and restoration to be finished by June 1 of 2018, with fines of $100,000 a month for any activity past those deadlines.

The zoning board recommended against granting the extension in January, but the proposal still would only need a simple majority of votes from the Village Board to be passed.

On Thursday, company representatives presented an updated fee structure proposal that has the company paying the village a total of $2.1 million – $900,000 in both 2016 and 2017, and $300,000 in 2018 – if an extension were granted.

Meyer Material said it was not able to finish mining the site in the originally agreed upon time because the economic recession and unforeseen difficulties with the land being mined slowed progress.

Trustees spent part of Thursday’s meeting asking specific questions about mining activities and exploring whether other options for deadlines might be available, such as extending mining to the original restoration deadline in 2018.

“If something like this were to be approved and some other glitch happens, where does that leave us?” Village President Mark Kownick said.

Residents expressed concerns about their property values, and said they did not care whether the lake on the site ended up being smaller than planned and expressed hope that any financial contribution would benefit the residents most affected.

Village Administrator Chris Clark said the village has commissioned a design study from Hitchcock Design Group to determine what the planned park on the site could look like.

The Village Board will likely vote on the extension April 19.

If you go

WHAT: Village Board of Trustees meeting

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 19

WHERE: Village Board Meeting Room, Cary Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive

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